Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is aware that the pressure is on his native Denmark after they played out to a 1-1 draw against Australia in the World Cup on Thursday.
The result leaves the Danes in second place in the Group C standings behind France, who secured a 1-0 win over Peru through a first-half goal from Kylian Mbappe.
The match outcome was rather controversial and many Danish fans will feel hard done by.
Denmark took the lead during the game through a stunning first-half strike from Christian Eriksen. However, Australia managed to equalise during the second half after they were awarded a penalty following a controversial VAR decision and the reliable Mile Jedinak got himself onto the scoresheet.
The result means that Denmark will need to get at least a point from their final fixture against France on Tuesday. This will not be an easy task, considering that the French are arguably one of the most talented squads at this tournament and also one of the favourites to go on and win the event.
If Australia end up beating bottom-of-the-standings Peru, they will need to win the game against the French.
Christensen, who is one of the few Chelsea academy graduates to earn regular playing time for the first team, was impressive during his nation’s first two games. He is aware that there is tremendous pressure on his side to get a result from the France game which will be held in Moscow.
He said: “Obviously, if you told us that today we would have four points from two games then it wouldn’t be too bad. But I think after we won the first one we just really wanted to go into this game and win, to make it look even better than it does now. To make it feel like a little less pressure against France in the last game.
“We are a little bit disappointed by that but in total having four points from two games, things could be worse. After the first game, we said we can play much better than this, but again we were happy that we scored.
“Today we couldn’t get a better start but we know we can play better. Hopefully, at one point in this World Cup, we will find in our best form.”