Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France beat Denmark 2-1 to e book their place within the knockout levels of the World Cup.
Bappé was once more the star of the present with two close-range finishes in France’s Group D opener in opposition to Australia – his winner coming 4 minutes from time.
Denmark, who’ve crushed France twice on this 12 months’s Nations League, fell behind after 61 minutes however quickly equalized by way of Andreas Christensen.
Mbappe’s brace made him the one participant, alongside Pele, to attain seven or extra objectives on the World Cup earlier than turning 25.
The win prolonged defending champions France’s World Cup profitable streak to 6 video games.
France named Raphael Varane within the beginning line-up, the Manchester United defender’s first recreation since leaving the Stamford Bridge pitch in tears after choosing up an damage at Chelsea on October 22.
Varane changed Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate, whereas Theo Hernandez changed his brother Lucas, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament damage within the 4-1 win over Australia.
Varane’s United team-mate Christian Eriksen was a part of Denmark’s bid to enhance on their goalless efficiency in opposition to Tunisia.
France took time to create possibilities, however their aerial menace on the 974 Stadium in Doha was simple.
Denmark have been out of the sport after Adrien Rabiot headed Hernandez’s cross previous Olivier Giroud after which Varane headed in Antoine Griezmann’s nook.
Giroud was chasing a 52nd worldwide purpose that may take him previous Thierry Henry as France’s all-time file holder, however it was to show a disappointing evening for the previous Arsenal and Chelsea striker.
After 19 minutes, there was an enormous controversy as Mbappe intercepted Griezmann’s move within the center.
Christensen made a decisive transfer by bringing down Mbappe and the Barcelona defender escaped a crimson card together with two of his teammates.
However Mbappe was in full movement and may need discovered the again of the online. France thought so, however their requires a crimson card have been ignored by Polish referee Szymon Marciniak.
Rabiot noticed Kasper Schmeichel’s header go vast earlier than the Danish keeper bought out with a leg to cease Griezmann’s acquire.
Denmark briefly went out of practice defensively as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Andreas Cornelius counter-attacked out of nowhere.
Højbjerg fed Cornelius down the fitting, however with nobody round, he fired vast from an acute angle.
5 minutes earlier than the break, the wily Dembele created France’s greatest probability of the primary half.
Dembele pulled the ball in the direction of the penalty space, however Mbappe’s lack of composure introduced him down as soon as and the ball went previous Schmeichel.
France breathed a sigh of aid when Jules Kunde caught Victor Nelson on the leg with two minutes left.
It was a poor problem and doubtless deserved greater than the yellow card Kunde obtained.
Denmark, like in opposition to Tunisia, improved after the break and it was a balanced contest.
However Mbappe left the Danish defenders behind to check Schmeichel from 20 yards, with the previous Leicester keeper having no probability as he volleyed house.
Griezmann had solely Schmeichel to beat, however Mbappe ultimately discovered his approach from eight yards after swapping passes with Hernandez.
Denmark leveled inside seven minutes when Andersen met Eriksen’s nook, Christensen stooping house from 6 yards.
Jesper Lindstrom had an opportunity to offer Denmark the lead from shut vary, however Hugo Lloris saved the trouble.
Possibilities got here and went for each side earlier than Mbappe determined the end result.