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France v Denmark Live Commentary, 27/11/22

2 - 1
K. Mbappé (61)
K. Mbappé (86)
A. Christensen (68)
Stadium 974


That concludes our commentary of the World Cup group D fixture between France and Denmark! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
France finish the group stage on Wednesday against Tunisia. Denmark are in action on the same day against Australia.
A brace from Mbappe earns all three points for France, who edge past Denmark 2-1 at Stadium 974. After a first half that had promise but lacked clinical finishing, the two sides shifted into life after the restart with both teams confident in their ability to win the match. Mbappe gave his nation the lead just after the hour, linking up with Hernandez during a counter-attack before beating Schmeichel with a close-range shot but Hjulmand’s team were not to be denied - equalising seven minutes later. Eriksen’s corner found its intended target, with Andersen’s flick-on supplying Christensen with the chance to beat Lloris. The result would be decided four minutes from time though, with the PSG forward latching onto Griezmann’s cross to turn the ball over the line. The win guarantees France’s passage to the knockouts, while Denmark must beat Australia on the final day.
90' + 5' This could be the third time in the last five meetings between France and Denmark that ends 2-1. To this point, both sides have a win each.
Y. Fofana
A. Griezmann
90' + 3' Griezmann comes off to the applause of his coaches, with Fofana getting a chance to play.
A. Bah
R. Kristensen
90' + 2' A late switch for Denmark sees Bah come on for Kristensen.
90' The fourth official indicates six minutes will be added to the end of the match for stoppages.
88' With just two minutes to go until stoppage time, France have all 11 players positioned within 30 yards of their own goal. They’ll look to see out the waves of pressure and release Mbappe to further wind down the clock and potentially steal a third.
A. Griezmann
86' Griezmann's accurate cross gives Mbappe the chance to double France's lead.
K. Mbappé
86' MBAPPE DOUBLES HIS TALLY! 2-1! The movement of the PSG forward fools both defenders at the far post and allows him to meet Griezmann’s inswinging cross two yards from goal to bundle it over the line!
C. Nørgaard
J. Lindstrøm
85' Norgaard comes on for Lindstrom with five minutes remaining.
84' Kristensen takes on Rabiot and gets the midfielder to show his back before firing in a cross but it’s nodded away by Hernandez.
82' Play is stopped for Tchouameni, who needs a bit of attention after receiving Rabiot’s knee in his midsection. It looks an unintentional but painful for the Real Madrid midfielder, who apparently doesn’t harbour any resentment to his team-mate.
80' BRILLIANT EFFORT! Hernandez picks up the loose ball after Denmark’s clearance and hoists a cross to the far post for Rabiot, who meets it with an audacious scissor-kick. The Juventus midfielder catches the ball sweetly but sends it narrowly wide of the target!
79' France win yet another corner-kick as they heap on the pressure with just over 10 minutes remaining but Griezmann’s delivery is met with a two-handed punch by Schmeichel.
77' Griezmann’s inswinging corner is met by a diving Tchouameni, who sends his gilt-edged chance off the shoulder of Maehle and behind for another set-piece!
K. Coman
O. Dembélé
75' Dembele's game comes to an end with a quarter-hour remaining as he's replaced by Coman.
I. Konaté
R. Varane
75' A change at the back sees Varane come off for Konate.
K. Dolberg
M. Damsgaard
73' Damsgaard makes way for Dolberg.
73' GREAT SAVE! Lloris gets down quickly to his left to deny Lindstrom’s first-time shot from the penalty spot!
72' Mbappe gets to the corner of the 18-yard box and earns a yard of space ahead of Andersen before curling in a cross that’s met by the sure hands of Schmeichel.
70' France and Denmark each have a win, a draw and a loss against the other in World Cups, with Les Blues winning the first meeting in 1998.
J. Andersen
68' One defender assists another as Andersen gets credit for creating Christensen's goal.
A. Christensen
68' DENMARK PULL LEVEL! 1-1! It’s a typically dangerous corner-kick from Eriksen, who puts his delivery right into the path of Andersen. The Crystal Palace centre-back manages to nod it across the face of goal to Christensen, who powers his header past Lloris!
67' Lindstrom gets free in the penalty area near the byline but his powerful cross is immediately repelled by Upamecano, who turns it behind for a corner.
65' Mbappe lifts a clever pass over the Denmark defence for the newly arrived Thuram, who is bundled over by a strong Hojbjerg challenge for the ball. The referee sees nothing wrong with the contact as he allows play to continue - much to Deschamps’ frustration.
M. Thuram
O. Giroud
62' A change immediately after the goal sees Giroud replaced by Borussia Monchengladbach's Thuram.
T. Hernández
61' Hernandez's industry and selflessness puts him in position to play the role of provider, assisting Mbappe on France's opening goal!
K. Mbappé
61' FRANCE TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! Hernandez charges up the pitch on the left side before feeding it to Mbappe, who carries the ball confidently to the edge of the area. The Milan left-back continues his run and provides an option for a one-two pass that allows Mbappe to dispatch a tricky shot that beats Schmeichel!
60' A pass over the top of the Denmark defence from deep in midfield is chested down cleanly by Griezmann ahead of Nelsson but he blasts his volley over the bar!
58' Mbappe receives Dembele’s pass on the edge of the penalty area with a deft backheel touch that almost splits the two Denmark defenders. The trick fails to come off at the last however, with Hojbjerg ultimately getting it away.
56' Eriksen’s outswinging corner is taken to Christensen but two France defenders surround him, with Rabiot getting a touch to take it away from his goal.
54' Denmark are again looking to slow things down at the start of the half, playing tidy passes and forcing France to keep organised. They’ll want to deny the counter-attack as much as possible, while capitalising on set-pieces thanks to the brilliance of Eriksen.
52' Kristensen meets Eriksen’s deep corner at the far side of the penalty area but his prodded header fails to trouble Lloris.
50' Mbappe draws the attention of three defenders but he’s still able to squeeze out a cross, finding Dembele on the penalty spot. The winger is unable to bring the ball down cleanly, instead poking it towards Schmeichel, who rushes off his line to grab it.
48' Hojbjerg steps across Rabiot to win the ball back before playing the ball down the right flank for Lindstrom, who loses the race against Hernandez.
46' France get the match restarted from the kick-off!
M. Braithwaite
A. Cornelius
46' Braithwaite comes on for the booked Cornelius to start the second half.
With a wealth of options to choose from, Deschamps will be able to try a number of different things should the match remain level. The pace and trickery of both Coman and Thuram could expose the tiring legs of Denmark’s defenders, while Camavinga provides a left-footed option to create chances from central positions. Denmark can rely on veterans Poulsen and Braithwaite up top, while the industrious Stryger Larsen may be a selection to help support the defence and give a base from which to counter.
An entertaining first half at Stadium 974 comes to a close with France and Denmark locked in a 0-0 draw. Despite near-identical possession statistics, most of the chances came one way as Deschamps’ side fashioned a number of goal-worthy opportunities, with Dembele playing provider for both Mbappe and Giroud; with both of them failing to convert partly thanks to Schmeichel’s great form. Hjulmand’s side looked to control the tempo with short passes through the middle and overlapping wing play, though they’ll need a bit more conviction if they wish to take the three points.
45' + 2' Mbappe strides forward and cuts inside to curl a powerful cross into the penalty area but he catches an unknowing Giroud in the side of the face, sending the ball back out of the 18-yard box and the striker crashing to the turf.
45' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added at the end of the first half, a relatively short period of time considering the tournament so far.
J. Koundé
Yellow Card
43' Kounde’s late tackle bundles Nelsson over, catching him on the ankle in the process. It’s a yellow card for the France right-back and the third of the day.
41' WHAT A CHANCE TO BREAK THE DEADLOCK! Dembele again finds himself in acres of space after a Tchouameni leading pass, with the Barcelona winger hitting the byline before cutting a pass back to the penalty spot. Mbappe is on the scene and hits his first-time effort with the freedom of the 18-yard box but he sends it over.
39' Kristensen flashes a dangerous delivery across the six-yard box after a nutmeg on Hernandez but none of his team-mates gamble on the cross as it’s allowed to roll out for a France throw-in on the far side.
37' Dembele picks Mbappe out with a lovely cross-pitch pass, with the Paris Saint-Germain forward receiving it with a first-time volley towards the penalty spot. Giroud comes flying in over Christensen to get his head to the ball but he puts it wide!
35' CLOSE! Denmark come forward on their first real counter-attack of the match, with Lindstrom winning the ball back and immediately finding Cornelius. The two work a passing move down the pitch to evade Varane, putting the striker in a spot to trouble Lloris but the striker sends his effort whistling wide!
33' Griezmann and Giroud work a quick one-two pass to get the former into the penalty area ahead of Andersen. The Atletico Madrid forward fires a shot from an acute angle but Schmeichel’s smart save with his foot denies the chance and puts it into a safe area.
31' Mbappe gets into the penalty area from the left and puts a cross to the right, missing Dembele but finding the late-arriving Kounde. The right-back takes a touch to set himself and fires a shot but it’s blocked by Hojbjerg, who takes the sting out of the effort and allows Schmeichel to claim it.
29' A lovely turn from Lindstrom sees him win enough space to receive Eriksen’s pass near the byline but Hernandez regains his footing and uses his intelligence to shield the ball behind for a goal-kick; much to the frustration of the winger.
27' Denmark are earning a series of throw-ins on the right wing, with Kristensen and Lindstrom both seeing their crosses blocked by the diligent France defence. They are playing every one of them short however, instead of launching it in the penalty area for the towering Cornelius.
25' France have looked slightly more dangerous in the opening 25 minutes, with their pace a real threat to the Denmark defence. With Christensen already carded it will be difficult for him to endure 90 minutes against Mbappe and Dembele, meaning his positioning must be perfect.
A. Cornelius
Yellow Card
23' Cornelius steps in to win the ball from Giroud but misses his attempt, instead catching the ankle of the Milan striker. It’s a yellow card for the Denmark forward - the second for Hjulmand’s side in three minutes.
22' FANTASTIC SAVE! Griezmann fires his free-kick from deep in midfield out to the right for Dembele, who puts the ball on his left foot to hook an inswinging cross. Rabiot meets the accurate delivery with a thumping header but Schmeichel is equal to it, leaping to his right to push it away.
A. Christensen
Yellow Card
20' Christensen's positioning gets him in trouble against Mbappe, who storms through to latch onto a pass in Denmark's half. The Barcelona centre-back bundles the forward over unconventionally, earning a yellow card.
19' Cornelius passes it out to Maehle on the left edge of the penalty area but the wing-back’s leading pass for Damsgaard is loose, allowing Varane to steal in and potentially spark a counter-attack.
17' Denmark are finding it hard breaking the France midfield down, with all three centre-backs stepping onto the halfway line to try and facilitate a move. Rabiot and Tchouameni have been disciplined in their shape, preventing Eriksen from creating in a deeper position.
15' Griezmann’s corner is flicked on dangerously by Varane but Maehle’s sliding effort is enough to prevent the ball from creeping over the line!
13' Griezmann curls his delivery into the penalty area but it’s turned behind at the back post for a corner-kick as France look to pile on the pressure from set-pieces.
12' Andersen is clumsy in his challenge, catching the heel of Mbappe during a passing triangle with Hernandez and Griezmann. It’s a free-kick for France on the left wing, just over 25 yards from goal.
10' CHANCE! Hernandez teases a lovely cross to the far post for Rabiot, who rises above his marker to nod the ball down. Giroud is on the spot and attempts to hit his finish on the volley but he swings at air - giving Denmark an opportunity to scramble it away.
8' Mbappe fires in a cross from the left after a lovely switch of play from Rabiot but Christensen stands firm and puts great power behind his header to dispel the danger.
6' Cornelius receives a pass with his back to goal inside the penalty area but his chipped switch out to the far post is intercepted by Dembele, who sneaks in ahead of Maehle to win back possession.
4' The free-kick is taken quick and short to Maehle, whose delivery into the 18-yard box is poor. Giroud is on the spot to make the effective clearance, allowing France to push back out of their penalty area.
3' Lindstrom is brought down to the turf by Tchouameni after an incisive pass from Nelsson, giving Denmark an early free-kick 30 yards from goal.
1' Denmark get the match underway from the kick-off!
Denmark make four changes to the line-up that earned a 0-0 draw with Tunisia on Tuesday. Nelsson is picked ahead of Kjaer at centre-back, while an unfortunate injury to Thomas Delaney sees Damsgaard get the nod. The final two switches are up front, where Lindstrom and Cornelius take over from Olsen and Dolberg respectively.
France make three changes to the XI that started in their 4-1 win over Australia last time out - with all the alterations coming in defence. Pavard is replaced by Kounde at right-back, while Varane is deemed fit enough to start at centre-back ahead of Konate. The final swap is at left-back, where Theo Hernandez takes over for his injured brother Lucas.
DENMARK SUBS: Oliver Christensen, Frederik Ronnow, Simon Kjaer, Jens Stryger Larsen, Robert Skov, Alexander Bah, Mathias Jensen, Andreas Skov Olsen, Daniel Wass, Christian Norgaard, Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg, Jonas Wind, Yussuf Poulsen.
DENMARK XI (3-4-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Andreas Christensen, Victor Nelsson, Joachim Andersen; Joakim Maehle, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rasmus Kristensen; Mikkel Damsgaard, Andreas Cornelius, Jesper Lindstrom.
FRANCE SUBS: Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola, Benjamin Pavardc, Axel Disasi, William Saliba, Ibrahima Konate, Matteo Guendouzi, Youssouf Fofana, Jordan Veretout, Eduardo Camavinga, Randal Kolo Muani, Kingsley Coman, Marcus Thuram.
FRANCE XI (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano, Theo Hernandez; Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let’s take a look at how the sides are lining up - starting with France!
Denmark’s 0-0 draw with Tunisia in the opening round puts Kasper Hjulmand’s side in a precarious position ahead of matchday two against France. There is plenty of recent history between the two sides, with Denmark victorious in both of their meetings this year (2-0 and 2-1 respectively), having already registered a 0-0 in the final group game of World Cup 2018.
A thumping 4-1 win over Australia got Les Bleus off to the perfect start, with Olivier Giroud’s brace putting him level with Thierry Henry as the nation’s most prolific goal scorer. A win would put Didier Deschamps’ squad through into the knock-out round, in what is their third meeting with Denmark in 2022.
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