Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 11 – happy sleep means happy feet

AP - Themba Hadebe

Denmark depart much earlier than predicted and the France boss Didier Deschamps comes under fire despite his team topping the group. Are some people never satisfied? Maybe they need happy sleep.

Dark horse

Denmark were identified as one of the dark horses for the tournament. But after a draw with Tunisia, and losses to France on Day 7 and Australia on Day 11, well, they’re off to the knacker’s yard.

“I think the quality of our play was OK against France,” said Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand. “But against the other two … it wasn’t good enough.” Is that a longship coming closer to shore?

You can’t win

There you are trying to make your national team only the third in the 92-year history of the tournament to claim successive titles and people have a pop. In his post-match press conference, France boss Didier Deschamps was pushed to defend his move to install the understudies for the final game in Group D against Tunisia. Deschamps made nine changes from the side that beat Denmark and France lost 1-0 but still topped the group.

"Tunisia were right up for it while we were timid, late into the challenges and made too many errors, even if we did do better at the end when some more experienced players came on,” said Deschamps. Tunisia needed to win and hope for a draw between Australia and Denmark to progress. Already qualified after wins over Australia and Denmark, there would have been complaints had Deschamps not stood some players down.


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