, Middlesbrough forward makes good his chance on first World Cup start

Middlesbrough forward makes good his chance on first World Cup start

Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite was a shining light in Denmark’s Group C encounter with France earlier today, as both sides played out to a 0-0 draw.

The Danish forward showed Middlesbrough fans what they’d been missing, as he put in a performance which could have resulted in being considered for the Man of the Match award.

Within the opening exchanges Braithwaite looked lively, and got the best of France’s Lucas Hernandez at left-back on more than one occasion. He even managed to out-strength the likes of N’golo Kante and Steven Nzonzi to create chances for him and his teammates early on.

The Boro man could have been awarded a penalty in just the fourth minute, as he clashed with Presnel Kimpembe. However, the ref waved play on and refused to consult VAR.

Braithwaite was a constant threat out-wide all game, and linked up well with former-Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius with some intricate passes and clever flicks throughout.

As the game wore on Denmark didn’t threaten too much as France pushed for a winner. Braithwaite cut a peripheral figure as the French dominated the ball in the latter stages, but Denmark were deserving of their point.

Although he was given the number 11 shirt, Braithwaite may have not seen himself in the starting eleven in such a crucial game. But given the opportunity he flourished.

The forward spent the second half of the season out on loan at French side Bordeaux under the guidance of Gus Poyet. However, his future still remains up in the air. After Tony Pulis hadn’t give him much of a chance at Middlesbrough, he may be considering doing so in the upcoming pre-season friendlies and beyond after this performance.

Former Middlesbrough winger Viktor Fischer also made an appearance in the game for Denmark, as did Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen, Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel and Huddersfield Town’s Mathias Jørgensen.

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