France vs Denmark Highlights: Mbappe DOUBLE SINKS Denmark 2-1, Defending Champions France 1st to qualify for KNOCKOUTS – Watch Highlights

France vs Denmark Highlights – FIFA World CUP 2022: Kylian Mbappe scored a stunning brace as France defeated Denmark 2-1 at Stadium…

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France vs Denmark Highlights – FIFA World CUP 2022: Kylian Mbappe scored a stunning brace as France defeated Denmark 2-1 at Stadium 974 on Saturday. Andreas Christensen restored parity with a sumptuous header, but Mbappe pulled a late winner. Les Blues have made it to the knockouts, becoming the first to do so in Qatar. Denmark now are on the brink of elimination. Watch FIFA WC Qatar 2022 Highlights on JIO Cinema. 

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France vs Denmark Highlights: Mbappe DOUBLE SINKS Denmark 2-1, Defending Champions France 1st to qualify for KNOCKOUTS – Watch Highlights

Kylian Mbappe crowned an exhilarating individual performance with two second-half goals to make champions France the first side into the last 16 of the World Cup as they beat Denmark 2-1 in their Group D clash at the 974 Stadium on Saturday. Mbappe’s goals sent France top the group on six points, three ahead of Australia, who beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier in the day, with the Danes and the Tunisians both on one point.

“The first objective has been achieved. This group is strong, solid and wants to achieve great things,” French coach Didier Deschamps said after qualification.

France take on Tunisia and Denmark meet Socceroos in the final round on Wednesday, with the Danes needing a win to advance. Having lost twice to Denmark during the recent Nations League campaign, France started cautiously. But it was not long before they realised there were opportunities to be had by taking on the Danish wing backs.

France vs Denmark Highlights: Mbappe DOUBLE SINKS Denmark 2-1, Defending Champions France 1st to qualify for KNOCKOUTS – Watch Highlights

Ousmane Dembele tormented Joakim Maehle and fans cheered every time Mbappe got one-on-one with Rasmus Kristensen. The first half saw France enjoy the better chances as Adrien Rabiot went close with a header and Denmark were forced into a number of last-ditch blocks. However, the Danes did go close with an Andreas Cornelius shot that flew just wide.

Their defensive resilience did not last and Mbappe put the French ahead in the 61st minute. He crowned a superb high-speed French counter with a bouncing first-time finish from Theo Hernandez’s clever pull-back.  A danger from set pieces, Andreas Christensen put the Danes level seven minutes later. Incidentally, it was Denmark’s first effort on target.

Neither side seemed content with a draw and Rabiot fired a spectacular volley over in the 80th minute. The game looked set to end in a stalemate until Mbappe popped up in the 86th minute to score the winner. The PSG superstar cushioned home an Antoine Griezmann cross to send the French fans into raptures.

France vs Denmark Highlights: Mbappe DOUBLE SINKS Denmark 2-1, Defending Champions France 1st to qualify for KNOCKOUTS – Watch Highlights

Denmark threw everything forward looking for a second equaliser, leaving acres of space at the back. However, their late attacks lacked precision and the French held on for the win that put them through. Mbappe’s brace took his international total to 31 in 61 games for France putting the 23-year-old level with Zinedine Zidane. He is 20 goals behind Olivier Giroud and Thierry Henry, France’s joint record goal-scorers.

“It was the small things again,” a frustrated Kasper Hjulmand told Denmark’s TV2. “We had hoped that we could close it out, it was like the game had gone a little bit cold, but it was simply small things.”

“What can I say, I’ve said it before – he’s an exceptional player. He has the ability to be decisive, to stand out from the crowd and make a difference in games,” Deschamps said of his goal-poaching star.

“We now have peace of mind going into our third game as we have already sealed our spot in the last 16. We’re hopefully going to finish top of the table. We are very competitive and there is a great team spirit, both on and off the pitch, and we’ll need that for what is waiting ahead,” Deschamps said.

The French will face one of the teams from Group C – Poland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Argentina – in the last 16.

France Playing XI: Lloris; Koundé, Varane, Upamecano, Theo Hernández; Tchouaméni, Rabiot; Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé; Giroud

Denmark Playing XI : Schmeichel; Andersen, Nelsson, Christensen; Kristensen, Hojbjerg, Eriksen, Maehle; Lindstrom, Cornelius, Damsgaard.

France vs Denmark Highlights: Mbappe DOUBLE SINKS Denmark 2-1, Defending Champions France 1st to qualify for KNOCKOUTS – Watch Highlights

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