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Denmark v France Live Commentary, 9/25/22

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2 - 0
DEN
FRA
K. Dolberg (33)
A. Skov Olsen (39)
Parken

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
Denmark had to win to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the Nations League Finals, but they just miss out after Croatia beat Austria 3-1 in the other group game. That does mean that France avoid relegation to League B though. Both teams will now be looking forward to the World Cup in November.
Two first-half goals help Denmark to a 2-0 win over France. Dolberg opened the scoring for the hosts in the 34th minute, stretching to poke Damsgaard's cross past Areola. Olsen then doubled their lead five minutes later when France failed to clear a corner, and he picked out the bottom corner. France had a better second half, but Schmeichel made some good saves to deny Mbappe and Griezmann to protect his clean sheet.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: DENMARK 2-0 FRANCE.
A. Bah
R. Kristensen
Denmark
90' + 2' Denmark's final change sees Bah come on to replace Kristensen for the last few seconds.
90' + 1' Into the first of two added minutes, and Denmark are breaking quickly on the counter. It's switched out to Hojbjerg on the right, who curls a deep cross into Maehle at the far post, but his first touch bounces straight out of play.
89' Again, France are let down by their passing in the final third. Nkunku makes a great run from deep in his own half, but then sells Truffert short and Kristensen comes away with it.
87' France break quickly on the counter, with Nkunku drilling a low cross into the box from the left. He's looking for Mbappe through the middle, but Andersen blocks it this time.
85' CHANCE! Eriksen's delivery catches out France yet again, and Hojlund flicks it on in the middle. Braithwaite was stooping, not expecting the touch in the middle, and it bounces off his chest and knee before Areola catches it on the line.
83' It's a sloppy pass out from the back by Kjaer and Tchouameni gets a touch to help it out to Kolo Muani. He tries to pick out Mbappe with his cross, but Maehle makes the block.
R. Kolo Muani
A. Griezmann
France
81' Final roll of the dice for France now as Kolo Muani comes on to replace Griezmann.
R. Højlund
Yellow Card
Denmark
80' Hojlund is late getting across to Upamecano and steps on the defender's foot, earning a yellow card.
78' Truffert swings an early cross into the box and Clauss is unmarked at the far post, but his first touch lets him down. Denmark flood back into their box and Kjaer blocks the cross in front of Mbappe.
76' Denmark are struggling to get out of their own half until a sloppy touch from Upamecano gifts the ball to Lindstrom. He darts forward, with support quickly joining him, but Clauss slides in with a vital tackle to stop him.
74' France are starting to look a bit frantic in their haste to get upfield and Truffert sloppily loses the ball before catching Lindstrom in his attempts to make up for his mistake.
S. Kjær
T. Delaney
Denmark
72' And Kjaer takes the captain's armband as he comes on to replace Delaney.
M. Braithwaite
A. Skov Olsen
Denmark
72' There's another double change for Denmark now. Braithwaite is brought on in place of Olsen.
71' Delaney threads it forward for Eriksen to chase, and the midfield does well to keep it in play at the byline. He pulls it back, looking for Hjulmund at the near post, but Badiashile cuts it out.
69' France are upping the pressure here as Nkunku lifts a good cross into the middle. Fofana nods it down for Mbappe on the edge of the box, but his first-time shot is straight at Schmeichel.
67' GOOD SAVES! Griezmann slides it through to Mbappe, and he's one-on-one with Schmeichel who gets down to push his shot away. France quickly win it back and Mbappe is picked out again, but the keeper sticks out a leg to deny him from close range this time.
A. Truffert
F. Mendy
France
65' And Mendy is also taken off, with Truffert on in his place.
C. Nkunku
O. Giroud
France
65' Another double change for France now. Giroud is the first to make way, with Nkunku on for him.
64' Denmark's compact shape is still causing France problems here and Fofana is forced to have a go from range. He gets a lot of power behind this one, but it doesn't trouble Schmeichel as it fizzes wide.
62' CHANCE! The France fans are urging their side on as they win a corner. Griezmann clips it into the far post and Badiashile rises highest to thump it towards goal, but he sends it wide of the far post.
R. Højlund
K. Dolberg
Denmark
60' And Dolberg is also making way, with Hojlund replacing him.
J. Lindstrøm
M. Damsgaard
Denmark
60' Denmark are making their first changes now. Damsgaard is the first to go off, with Lindstrom on in his place.
58' SAVE! Denmark break quickly on the counter, and Eriksen slides it out to Olsen on the right. He knocks it past Badiashile as he drives into the box, but makes the angle tight, and Areola rushes out to smother the shot.
56' France are still dominating possession, but they're struggling to get it into the box. When another cross is blocked, Mbappe decides to have a go from range, but he sends his effort flying high and wide of the far post.
T. Delaney
Yellow Card
Denmark
54' It's a clumsy challenge from Delaney, who steps across Mbappe to stop his run, and he's shown the first yellow card of the game.
52' GOOD SAVE! France win another free-kick, this one closer through the middle. Griezmann steps up, fizzing a low shot past the wall and towards the far bottom corner, but Schmeichel gets down to push it wide.
50' Every Denmark pass is already being greeted by a cheer as they patiently work it upfield. Mbappe cuts out Hojbjerg's pass and tries to flick it past Andersen, but wins a free-kick as it hits the defender's arm. Nothing comes of it.
48' BLOCK! Griezmann stretches to poke the ball to Clauss and he bursts forward down the right. He has Mbappe for support in the middle, but Andersen rushes back to stop it from reaching him.
46' Denmark get us back underway for the second half!
Y. Fofana
E. Camavinga
France
46' And Camavinga goes off, with Fofana on in his place.
J. Clauss
W. Saliba
France
46' France are making a double change at the break. Saliba is the first to be taken off, with Clauss replacing him.
As things stand, with Croatia and Austria drawing 1-1 in the other group game, Denmark are going to the Nations League finals. France are safe from relegation for now due to their head-to-head record against Austria, but Deschamps will be looking for a much better second half to keep things in their own hands and avoid relegation to League B.
Denmark take a 2-0 lead over France into half-time. It was France who enjoyed all of the early pressure, with Mbappe and Griezmann both forcing good saves out of Schmeichel. Denmark grew into the game and Dolberg opened the scoring after a quick counter-attack, stretching to poke it past Areola. Olsen doubled their lead after France failed to deal with a corner, drilling his half-volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: DENMARK 2-0 FRANCE.
45' Mbappe spots Saliba in space on the right, and he loops a good first-time cross towards the far post. Griezmann is running onto it, but Andersen gets there just ahead of him to clear the danger.
43' Eriksen goes deep with yet another corner and Andersen heads it back across the middle again. Delaney flicks it onto Hojbjerg, who made a late run to the edge of the box, but his volley is blocked by Tchouameni.
41' France just can't get close to Denmark at the moment as the hosts work it down their left. Maehle sets himself for the cross but has it nicked off him just in time by Saliba.
T. Delaney
Assist
Denmark
39' Delaney has Upamecano tight to his back, and he's slightly off-balance when it comes to him, but he manages to tee up Olsen.
A. Skov Olsen
Goal
Denmark
39' OLSEN SCORES! Eriksen's corner causes France problems again as Andersen nods it back into the middle. Delaney has his back to goal but manages to poke it to Olsen inside the D, and he takes the shot on the half-volley, drilling it low into the far bottom corner. 2-0 Denmark!
38' SAVE! Maehle swings a cross into Olsen at the far post, but he gets it all wrong as he slices his shot wide. His head drops into his hands, but Maehle continued his run and tries to poke it in from close range, but Areola smothers it.
36' Denmark move it quickly upfield again as Delaney slides it through for Olsen down the right. He bursts past Mendy but sees another cross blocked by Badiashile when he cuts inside.
M. Damsgaard
Assist
Denmark
34' Pavard just doesn't spot Damsgaard's run down the left, and he has time to get his head up and spot Dolberg's late run into the box.
K. Dolberg
Goal
Denmark
34' DOLBERG SCORES! It's another brilliant long ball over the top from Eriksen to pick out Damsgaard down the left, and he's unmarked. He drills a dangerous cross into the middle and Dolberg is unmarked as he stretches to poke it past Areola at the near post. 1-0 Denmark!
32' Saliba is quickly being closed down by Damsgaard, so he plays a hopeful long ball over the top for Mbappe to chase. It almost comes off, but Andersen gets across to block it.
30' Tchouameni curls a clever ball onto the end of the box for Giroud, who backheels it towards Griezmann under pressure. He's not on the same wavelength though, and Christensen hooks it away.
28' It's France that are struggling to get out of their own half at the minute, and they're getting sloppy in their passing. Dolberg cuts out Badiashile's pass but the defender recovers well to stop him from breaking into the box.
26' Eriksen floats another brilliant delivery in from a corner and Delaney isn't picked up by France again. He thumps another header towards goal, and Saliba doesn't know too much about the block as it hits him.
24' Another Denmark corner is played in by Eriksen and Delaney is unmarked in the middle of the box. He thumps a header into the ground, but it's straight at Areola, who holds onto it.
22' It's great work down Maehle down the left as he skips past three France defenders to work it into some space. He has three to aim for in the middle but sees his cross blocked.
20' GOOD SAVE! Denmark break quickly on the counter from a France corner and Eriksen plays a wonderful ball over the top to pick out Olsen. He brings it down with a lovely first touch before aiming for the top corner, but Areola pushes it away.
19' CLOSE! Pavard teases a cross into the box this time and it's heading wide, but Maehle tries to make sure. He ends up slicing his clearance, and luckily for him, it bounces just wide, but Schmeichel isn't happy with his interception.
18' BLOCK! France work it well down the left again, with Mendy fizzing a low cross to Camavinga on the edge of the box this time. He tries to curl it into the far post, but it takes a nick off Andersen and flies wide.
16' Denmark are struggling to get a touch on the ball at the moment as France quickly work it upfield again. Giroud threads it through for Griezmann, but his path is blocked by Hojbjerg.
14' SAVE! Mbappe pulls it back to Griezmann just inside the box and he stretches to poke it towards goal first time. Schmeichel gets down quickly to push it away and holds onto it on the second attempt.
12' Damsgaard gets away from Pavard down the left and lifts a good cross into the box. Areola spills it after getting there ahead of Dolberg but scoops up the loose ball before a free-kick is awarded for a foul on the keeper.
10' France are upping the pressure here and Griezmann swings another good corner in. Giroud's flick-on at the near post is blocked by Maehle and the second cross is plucked out of the air by Schmeichel.
8' GOOD SAVE! Griezmann swings a deep corner into the box and it hits Christensen before falling kindly to Mbappe. He wasn't expecting it, but quickly adjusted his feet before firing a shot towards the near post, but Schmeichel pushes it wide.
6' Olsen pushes his way forward down the right on the counter, but he has two French players tight to him. He tries to skip past Camavinga, but he sticks out a foot to stop his run.
4' France were sloppy on the ball from the kick-off, but they're enjoying a good spell of possession here. Denmark are staying compact and making it difficult for them to get into the box.
2' Denmark are putting France under some early pressure here, and win a corner off Delaney's deflected cross. Eriksen swings it in, but Hojbjerg misjudges the bounce and can't make anything of it.
1' Mbappe gets the game underway for France!
The teams are out on the pitch, the national anthems have been sung, and kick-off is just moments away!
France have not lost away from home in any tournament since June 2019 when they lost 2-0 to Turkey in a European Championship qualifier. They're unbeaten in 16 such games since then (W11 D5).
Didier Deschamps makes five changes from the win over Austria on Thursday. Areola starts in goal, with Upamecano, Saliba, Camavinga and Pavard also coming into the side. Varane, Clauss and Fofana start on the bench, while Mike Maignan and Jules Kounde miss out after picking up injuries in that game.
Kasper Hjulmund makes just three changes to the side that lost to Croatia last time out, bringing Kristensen, Dolberg and Damsgaard into the starting line-up. Kjaer, Wass and Braithwaite drop to the bench, while Lindstrom is also named among the substitutes after missing the last game through illness.
FRANCE SUBS: Steve Mandanda, Jordan Veretout, Matteo Guendouzi, Alban Lafont, Raphael Varane, Adrien Truffert, Randal Kolo Muani, Ousmane Dembele, Jonathan Clauss, Youssouf Fofana, Christopher Nkunku.
FRANCE STARTING XI (3-4-1-2): Alphonse Areola; Dayot Upamecano, William Saliba, Benoit Badiashile; Benjamin Pavard, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Ferland Mendy; Antoine Griezmann; Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe.
DENMARK SUBS: Victor Nelsson, Mathias Jensen, Daniel Wass, Philip Billing, Simon Kjaer, Rasmus Hojlund, Oliver Christensen, Jens Larsen, Alexander Bah, Frederik Ronnow, Martin Braithwaite, Kesper Lindstrom.
DENMARK STARTING XI (4-3-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Rasmus Kristensen, Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Joakim Maehle; Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Andreas Skov Olsen, Kasper Dolberg, Mikkel Damsgaard.
Denmark missed the chance to qualify for the Nations League Finals last time out when they lost to Croatia. They have to win today and hope that Croatia don't if they want to top the group. They've won three of their five games in the competition so far this campaign (L2), including a 2-0 win over France on MD1. Les Blues got their first Nations League win against Austria last time out to move off the bottom of the table after going winless in their opening four games (D2 L2). However, they will be relegated if they don't win and Austria do, but matching Austria's result will be enough to keep the reigning champions in League A.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Nations League Group A1 meeting between Denmark and France at the Parken Stadium!