There's a slim chance that Denmark could be sent home if they lose this game, and Australia has a higher goal differential (they're now down by two goals).
As it happened, Australia's defeat by Peru meant they could have lost this game and still advanced but they now march on and are 18 games unbeaten. "We were actually expecting a nice game".
The teams probably will approach their Group C finale cautiously, minimizing the likelihood of a goal-fest.
All previous 36 games of the tournament had seen goals but the series ended in a stale affair at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium in which neither side took major risks as the result suited them just fine. The 33-year-old made his only save in the 54th minute, spilling Christian Eriksen's free-kick before pouncing on the loose ball.
"Today we couldn't get a better start but we know we can play better".
Didier Deschamps, marking his 79th game in charge to level Raymond Domenech's France record, rested key players such as Paul Pogba and Hugo Lloris and kept Kylian Mbappe on the bench for the majority of the game with an eye on their knockout campaign.
Hierro's Spain must breach the wall that Carlos built
Don Hutchison says while Spain narrowly defeated Iran , there was always going to be one victor in the match. But it wouldn't be long before Iran shocked the former world champions and drew level - or so they thought.
World Cup Daily: Argentina needed late heroics while Australia didn't manage anything of the sport.
Perhaps sensing it was time to make entertainment midway through the first half, fans created a wave that made three laps of the stadium. The ball went off the field 10 yards behind teammate Benjamin Mendy's run.
Five teenagers have scored multiple World Cup goals: Pele (6), Edmund Conen (4), Manuel Rosas (2), Jose Altafini (2) and Michael Owen (2).
The second half was a slight improvement on the opening 45 minutes, with substitute Nabil Fekir finally showing some positivity.
Denmark has a tough defence anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel.
All four group D teams are still in contention: Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina but only Croatia and Nigeria can win the group. "If you'd read the whole article you would have seen I was comparing with the '98 team [which won the World Cup on home soil, ed.]".