FIFA World Cup 2018: No Denmark regrets over dour tactics against France

Some Denmark fans in Moscow expressed their frustration by booing at the final whistle after the first 0-0 of the tournament on Tuesday.

Published: 28th June 2018 12:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2018 12:28 AM   |  A+A-

Denmark head coach Age Hareide | AP


ANAPA: Ignoring detractors who blasted Denmark's dour goalless draw against France, coach Age Hareide pledged Wednesday that his side will "attack" next opponents Croatia in the World Cup last 16.

The Danes face Zlatko Dalic's side in Nizhny Novgorod on July 1 for a spot in the quarter-finals.

"It will be absolutely different against Croatia, we will attack," Hareide told reporters at the team's Black Sea coast training base in Anapa.  

Some fans in Moscow expressed their frustration by booing at the final whistle after the first 0-0 of the tournament on Tuesday -- a result which saw France top Group C and Denmark progress as runners-up.

Even the official FIFA World Cup Twitter account hinted at boredom: "Lots of huffing and puffing, but..... Both sides progress to round of 16." 

But the 64-year-old Hareide said "only the result" mattered for Denmark who were happy to save energy for the next round.

"It's not the first time you've seen this in World Cup football and not the first time teams have been criticised for doing nothing," he said.

"We wanted to do it ourselves because we couldn't trust Peru to beat Australia."

The draw meant Denmark advanced to the latter stages of a World Cup for the time since 2002, while extending their impressive unbeaten run to 18 matches.

"It's difficult to make everyone happy," said defender Mathias Jorgensen.

"It's not like we play like that every game, so for us yesterday (it) didn't really matter for us. The most important thing was to get the result."


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp