France, Denmark seek to boost lead in World Cup Group C

France and Denmark will play their second matches in Group C of the World Cup on Thursday, determined to boost their lead in the group standing to hopefully qualify for the round of 16.

France will be playing against Peru while Denmark will meet Australia.

Peru Coach Ricardo Careca said France, which won the World Cup in 1998, have their own identity. “They can win the World Cup, they can adapt to every team they will play against. They are one of the favorites,” he added.

However, he added, “We can be a tough opponent. We have our own style and will not let France distract us.” France have been unbeaten in seven World Cup matches against South American teams ever since their 1978 defeat to host Argentina.

Peru have not won a game in seven World Cup games since they beat Iran 4-1 in 1978.

Meanwhile, Denmark will also seek to extend its lead in the group to six points.

Denmark coach Age Hareide gave some comments on Australia. “We have a few players who are at a higher level than them if you look at the squads player by player. But it is going to be a tight game.” He said a lot of teams coming from outside of Europe were tough to break down, they are very well organized.

Australia’s coach Bert Van Marwijk said in press remarks yesterday Australia was a “strong team, they are number 12 on the (FIFA) ranking… that says enough.” Australia has many weapons, he noted, because the team was physically strong and the players were very tall.

This will be the fourth encounter between Denmark and Australia, but their first at a World Cup.

Australia lost seven out of their nine World Cup matches against European opponents. They won against Serbia 2-1 in 2010.

Source: Kuwait News Agency