March 27, 2018 / 8:40 PM / a year ago

World Cup-bound Danes held to scoreless draw by Chile

Denmark's Nicolai Boilesen, and Chile's Nicolas Castillo in action during an international friendly soccer match between Denmark and Chile at Aalborg Portland Park, in Aalborg, Denmark March 27, 2018. Scanpix Denmark/Henning Bagger/via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Denmark endured a good test of their mettle as they played out a competitive scoreless draw with Copa America champions Chile in a pre-World Cup friendly in Aalborg on Tuesday.

Chile, who failed to qualify for the finals in Russia, beat Sweden in Stockholm on Saturday and got off to a good start with Pablo Hernandez forcing keeper Kasper Schmeichel to touch a looping header onto the crossbar in the 10th minute.

The Danes, who beat the Republic of Ireland in a playoff to qualify for the World Cup, had a second half penalty claim turned down when playmaker Christian Eriksen appeared to be dragged down. Referee John Beaton waved away the appeals.

Striker Andreas Cornelius also had several good efforts for Denmark. But the best chance for the home side fell to Lasse Schone, who thumped a free kick off Johnny Herrera’s right-hand post 15 minutes from time.

Tough and skilful on the ball, the visitors constantly harried the Danes in the midfield and created some good chances of their own. However, neither side could break the deadlock.

Denmark take on Sweden away and Mexico at home in the their final two friendlies in June before travelling to Russia, where they will face Peru, Australia and France in Group C.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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