Kylian Mbappé shot France to victory
PETER CZIBORRA / REUTERS
After a 2-1 (0-0) win against Denmark, France is the first round of 16 in the 2022 World Cup.
As in the 4-1 opening win against Australia, the reigning world champions were extremely enthusiastic.
Kylian Mbappé scored twice for France (61st and 86th minute).
Denmark's Andreas Christensen managed to equalize in the meantime (68').
In Group D, on the third match day, there will be a three-way battle for second place, which Australia currently holds with three points.
Denmark and Tunisia are at one point.
Denmark and Australia meet on Wednesday (4 p.m.) in a direct duel, Tunisia has to play against France at the same time.
France came into the game better and tried many crosses on the offensive, but they lacked precision.
At first, a cross from Antoine Griezmann to Raphaël Varane went too high (13'), a short time later Olivier Giroud was unable to convert a cross from Ousmane Dembélé (15').
Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel had to intervene for the first time in the 21st minute when Adrien Rabiot headed in from Dembélé's cross.
Denmark found it extremely difficult to deal with the fast French attackers, and Mbappé in particular was once again untouchable.
In the 31st minute, the professional from Paris Saint-Germain played several opponents, but Jules Koundé, who had moved up, was unable to accommodate the cross in the goal (31st).
Shortly thereafter, Griezmann's shot failed at Schmeichel (33').
Only in the 36th minute did the Danes come forward dangerously for the first time.
Frankfurt's Jesper Lindström freed attacker Andreas Cornelius, but his shot went wide of the goal to the left.
After that, it was the French's turn again, but neither Giroud's head (37') nor Mbappé's foot (40') hit the goal.
It got heated with two referee decisions.
First, Griezmann sent Mbappé, who was then fouled by Andreas Christensen on the way to the goal.
However, the defender only got a yellow card because two Danish defenders were at the same height (20').
Just before the break, Denmark called for a red card for Koundé, who had stepped on the ankle of Denmark's Victor Nelsson with the open sole.
Because there was no apparent intention, referee Szymon Marciniak left it with a yellow card.
Denmark finds its way into the game late
In the second half it took a while before the French became dangerous again.
Schmeichel was able to parry a shot from Mbappé from around 14 meters (57th), but the keeper was powerless four minutes later.
Mbappé and Theo Hernández combined on the left before Mbappé finished in the penalty area and scored the overdue 1-0.
The deficit seemed to motivate Denmark, Kasper Hjulmand's team, who had been hesitant for a long time, now pushed forward with more determination and quickly equalized.
Joachim Andersen extended a corner from Christian Eriksen to Christensen, who headed the ball into the goal from five meters (68').
Denmark was now in the game and almost took the lead, but Lindström's shot from around twelve meters out was saved by France keeper Hugo Lloris (73').
After that, an open game developed in which Denmark still had chances.
The difference was made again by Mbappé, who placed the ball in the goal after a cross with his thigh (86th).