The French national team removed the curse of the world champions when they defeated Denmark 1:2 this evening (Saturday), becoming the first world champion from Europe not to finish in the group stage since 1994 and the first among the world champions to advance to the next stage since Brazil in 2006.
Didier Deschamps' men took the lead through Kylian Mbappe's goal in the 61st minute, but just seven minutes passed before Denmark equalized through Andreas Christensen's header.
But Mbappe was in the right place and at the right time also in the 86th minute to give France the dramatic 1:2 and thus equaled Zinedine Zidane with 31 goals for the team.
Ambaba, Griezmann and Deschamps - France conquers the World Cup.
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"He is the savior and made the difference with the pair of goals he scored," wrote "Radio Monte Carlo", "he had a smart game, he was also the one who got a yellow card from Christensen. Mbappe led us to the eighth."
Despite the striker's double, there were also those in the French media who crowned Griezmann the best of the game and at the end the Atletico Madrid player told TF1: "We knew it would be a difficult game, we already lost to Denmark twice in the Nations League. We did a lot of work, we stayed together and achieved an important victory."
Killian and friends, photo: Getty Images
On equaling Zidane as the team's top goalscorer: "I'm very proud of it, but not everything is a statistic. I'm satisfied with the defensive and offensive work I did for the team. Everyone put in a tremendous effort tonight so that we win and qualify for the next stage. Long live France, long live the Republic."
Didier Deschamps added: "We did a lot of nice things tonight, we just lacked precision. Congratulations to my players for advancing to the next level. For me, it makes sense that we win a game like this, against a good opponent whose value is sometimes underestimated. Denmark has proven that it is one of the best in Europe in the Nations League."
Celebrations in France, photo: AFP
"We won twice and advanced to the next stage, this gives us peace of mind for the game in four days. Most likely we will also advance from first place thanks to the goal difference. This team has remained united and strong even after everything that has been said recently. We have a desire to do more beautiful things together," he concluded .
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