Defending Champs France First Nation to Qualify for World Cup 2022 Second Round

Defending Champs France First Nation to Qualify for World Cup 2022 Second Round

Kylian Mbappe scored a brace as the World Cup defending champions France beat the 1992 European champions Denmark 2-1 in their second Group D match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Saturday. November, 26th, 2022.

With the victory, France became the first team to qualify for the Round of 16 in Qatar with one game in hand.France now have six points from two games, after winning their opener against Australia 4-1.

They are on top of group standings, three ahead of Australia, who beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier in the day, with the Danes and the Tunisians both on one point.

Mbappe scored both his goals in the second half, first to break the deadlock in the 61st minute and the winner in the 86th minute after Andreas Christensen scored the equaliser for Denmark in the 68th minute.

The game looked set to end in a stalemate until Mbappe popped up in the 86th minute at the far post to cushion home an Antoine Griezmann cross from close range to restore the lead to send the travelling French fans into raptures.

Denmark threw everything forward looking for a second equaliser, leaving acres of space at the back, but their late attacks against a side they beat twice in the recent Nations League campaign lacked precision and the French held on for the win that put them through.

France take on Tunisia and Denmark meet the Australia in the final round on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022.

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