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Denmark reach last 16 after stalemate with France

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  • First 0-0 of the 2018 World Cup in the 38th game
  • France win Group C with seven points
  • Denmark finish second with five points
  • Both teams advance to last 16 after lackluster display

Denmark and France drew 0-0 in Moscow on Tuesday in a game which was far from a classic with fans booing both sets of players as they left the pitch.

France were already through to the last 16 ahead of this game and Didier Deschamps rested the likes of Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris and Kylian Mbappe ahead of the knockout rounds as Les Bleus finished top of Group C.

Denmark knew a draw would be enough to see them through to the last 16 for the first time since 2002 and that’s exactly what they played for as they finished second in Group C.

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Denmark came flying out of the traps early on and Martin Braithwaite had a few surging runs thwarted by the French defense, while Lucas Hernandez went down in the box but no penalty kick was given.

At the other end Olivier Giroud fired just over as a much-changed France side struggled for any fluency, especially going forward.

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At the other end Andreas Cornelius played a perfect ball into the box for the onrushing Eriksen and as he looked to be getting on the ball he fell over under pressure from France’s Hernandez and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

France did improve going forward but Denmark looked fairly comfortable heading into the second half.

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Eriksen’s dipping free kick caused Mandanda some problems but he gathered at the second attempt just ahead of Cornelius as the Danes grew into the game.

Denmark then went close again as Eriksen drilled a low shot just wide of the post.

Substitute Nabil Fekir drilled a shot into the side-netting as France had plenty of the ball but couldn’t break down a stubborn Danish defense.

Kasper Schmeichel fractures hand in Champions League match

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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could miss up to six weeks after suffering a broken hand in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen in Champions League play.

Schmeichel was fantastic during the match, keeping Andreas Cornelius out in the dying minutes of the game, but it came at a cost. According to the club, Schmeichel will see a specialist when the club returns to England, having suffered the injury while coming off his line for a punch just 30 minutes into the game, and played on the injury for the final hour. Reports have estimated that Schmeichel could be out roughly four to six weeks while he recovers.

Leicester manager Claudio Raneiri hailed Schmeichel as “strong, assured and commands the defensive line” following the Copenhagen draw, and said “I always say yes, yes, yes. My players are the best.”

Schmeichel has been a big part of Leicester’s ability to become the first team in Champions League history to keep clean sheets in their first four matches. Things have been a bit different in league play, however, with just one win and one clean sheet in their last five.

Losing Schmeichel would be a big blow, but the club prepared for this possibility over the summer, bringing in Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover who will likely take over in the Dane’s absence. Zieler has made three Premier League appearances for Leicester this year in place of Schmeichel, taking charge of the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over Burnley and a 4-1 loss to Manchester United.

Copenhagen 0-0 Leicester: Foxes inch closer to KO rounds

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Leicester missed its chance to secure an early place in the last 16 of the Champions League after being held to a 0-0 draw by FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.

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While a win would have put the Premier League champions and Group G leaders through to the knockout stages, the next opportunity will come in its home game on Nov. 22 against Brugge, which lost 1-0 to Porto.

Leicester stayed top of the group with 10 points, followed by Porto with seven, Copenhagen on five and Brugge with zero after four straight defeats.

Claudio Ranieri‘s side nearly returned home empty-handed as the best chance of the game fell to the home team in injury time, when Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had to dive to his right to claw away a downward header from Andreas Cornelius.

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Copenhagen had the majority of possession early on with goalscoring attempts from William Kvist, Federico Santander and Cornelius.

Both sides had chances in a fast-pace second period. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen denied Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez and Copenhagen’s Peter Ankersen saw his shot blocked minutes later.

Champions League roundup: Foxes, Man City cruise, Spurs fall, Pulisic starts

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Tuesday’s lightning storm made for three Premier League teams in action during Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage games.

Two of the three squads will be happy with their days, while a third will lament a slow start at Wembley Stadium.

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Elsewhere, Sporting Lisbon sent a wake-up call to Real Madrid, USMNT teenager Christian Pulisic became the youngest player to start a UCL game in Borussia Dortmund history, and four other matches played out around Europe.

Club Brugge 0-3 Leicester City

Marc Albrighton was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on a goalkeeping error in the fifth minute, but Leicester’s second goal was nothing short of brilliant. Riyad Mahrez swept in a free kick in the 29th minute to double the lead, and converted a second half penalty to shore up the lead.

Legia Warsaw 0-6 Borussia Dortmund

Christian Pulisic went all 90 minutes for Dortmund, assisting on the game’s final goal, as the young USMNT star became the youngest BVB player to start a UCL match.

BVB scored the three fastest away goals to start a match in UCL history. Mario Gotze netted in the 7th minute before Sokratis Papastathopoulos made it 2-0 eight minutes later and Marc Bartra notched a goal in the 17th. Raphael Guerreiro added a second-half goal for BVB, while substitute Gonzalo Castro scored off Pulisic’s assist and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished the score line.

Dortmund's Mario Goetze, center, celebrates with Christian Pulisic, right, after scoring the first goal of his team during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Legia Warsaw and Dortmund at Stadion Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
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Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Sergio Aguero marked his return to the City lineup in style, scoring in the ninth minute before adding a 28th minute penalty to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break.

The Argentine completed his hat trick in the final quarter-hour, taking a pass from Raheem Sterling and dancing around ‘Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer to make it 3-0. Kelechi Iheanacho scored late to seal the score.

Juventus 0-0 Sevilla

The Old Lady was decidedly more dangerous, but Juve could not find a way past Sevilla backstop Sergio Rico.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 CSKA Moscow

Admir Mehmedi and Hakan Calhanoglu boosted the Bundesliga mainstays to a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes, but the Russians did not shrink away. Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko scored two minutes apart to make it level at halftime.

Lyon 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb

Corentin Tolisso, 22, scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute, and Jordan Ferri tacked on an insurance goal in the second half. Ivorian-born French striker Maxwel Cornet completed the scoring in the 57th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 AS Monaco

Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar rained on Spurs parade, building a 2-0 lead at Wembley Stadium before Toby Alderweireld headed Erik Lamela‘s corner home just before halftime.

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

After Real looked disinterested in the first half, Sporting went ahead with a shock goal at the start of the second half. Bruno Cesar curled a left-footed shot around a diving Keylor Navas in the 47th minute, and Lisbon was up 1-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo should’ve tied things with his former club when, with 8 minutes to play, he nailed his close range shot right at the left post. The 89th minute however, found him in his comfort zone. Ronaldo buried a free kick from 25-plus yards to tie things at 1.

But Alvaro Morata headed James Rodriguez’s cross past Rui Patricio for a winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time, and Real claimed all three points in Spain.

Here’s Ronaldo’s finish.

Porto 1-1 Copenhagen

Otavio’s 13th minute goal for the hosts was set level when ex-Cardiff City “bust” Andreas Cornelius scored in the 52nd minute.

International roundup: Schweinsteiger, Keane say goodbye; Denmark bags five

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Two mainstays of the international game are done with that part of their career following shutout wins on Wednesday, just two of several friendlies early in this international break.

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Germany 2-0 Finland

Max Meyer picked up from his remarkable Olympics by firing home, and Mesut Ozil also scored for the Germans in a match that was not about the winner. Bastian Schweinsteiger called it a day on his international career in the win, his 121st cap. The Manchester United man finishes his career with 24 goals, a World Cup title and a EURO runner-up finish. Not too shabby.

Ireland 4-0 Oman

ROI all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane fittingly ended his tenure as an international player with yet another goal, bringing his career tally to 68 goals in 146 caps. Stoke City’s Jon Walters scored twice for the Boys in Green, and Robbie Brady (Norwich) also netted in the win.

Denmark 5-0 Liechtenstein

It took the hosts a half-hour to break down the visitors, but a pair from Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen opened the floodgates and Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer and Jens Stryger Larsen finished the scoring in a blowout at the CASA Arena in Horsens. It was Larsen’s first cap.

Elsewhere
Turkey 0-0 Russia
Albania 0-0 Morocco
Estonia 1-1 Malta
Norway 0-1 Belarus
Lebanon 1-1 Jordan