France VS Denmark FIFA World Cup Live Score 26/11/2022
However, perceptions of the Scandinavians have changed after they were bullied by Tunisia in a chest-thumping, high-octane opening match. The Eagles of Carthage played with an intensity that took the spark out of the “Danish Dynamite” who slowly grew into the game, with Andreas Cornelius missing a gilt-edged chance in the final minutes. Meanwhile, France enjoyed a fine start to their World Cup campaign swatting aside the Socceroos 4-1 courtesy of an Olivier Giroud brace.
There will be slight concerns that they allowed Australia, who lacked real quality in their team, to open the scoring. Just before the tournament began, Karim Benzema had to withdraw after failing to recover from a thigh injury. Still, France boast an embarrassment of riches up front with Kylian Mbappe, Antione Greizmann and Giroud as starters. Denmark’s Thomas Delaney had to come off just before half-time on Tuesday and is a doubt for the match. He has been a stalwart of the Danish midfield over the past years and also impressed atthe
The Danes will look to Christian Eriksen to orchestrate Danish play against a strong France team. He did show flashes of brilliance against Tunisia but will need to raise his game against superior opposition. Besides Benzema, France are missing several key players, including Pogba and Kante, who were unable to travel to Qatar because of injury. However, they will feel confident that their replacements, Real Madrid’s duo of Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga as well as Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot, who scored against Australia, will be able to fill in the gap.
A win will see France secure a spot in the last 16. If Denmark win instead, they will fancy their chances of coming second in the group, as they will face an Australian side next that looked disjointed and lacking any real quality in their opening match. France can seal a place in the knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup when they resume Group D duties against Denmark at Stadium 974 on Saturday evening.
Les Bleus thumped Australia 4-1 this week to kick off the defence of their crown in perfect fashion, while Kasper Hjulmand’s men were held to a goalless draw by Tunisia. Two former Arsenal strikers can now proudly boast to sit atop the all-time goalscoring charts for the France men’s team, but Thierry Henry may not be sitting pretty on his perch for much longer following Olivier Giroud’s record-equalling brace versus Australia on Tuesday.
Didier Deschamps’s men had under-performed in the UEFA Nations League over the summer and conceded within the first nine minutes to Craig Goodwin, but Giroud’s 50th and 51st goals for France – alongside headers from Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe – turned the game on its head.
Taking advantage of Karim Benzema’s absence through injury, Giroud only needs to make the net ripple one more time to overtake Henry and score a record-breaking 52nd goal for his country – one which may very well confirm France’s place in the last 16. The reigning world champions are sitting pretty at the top of Group D and will be guaranteed a ticket to the knockout rounds with victory, and they could even confirm top spot should they win and Tunisia’s showdown with Australia end in a draw.
Not since Brazil in 2006 had the World Cup holders won their opening game of the tournament, but having banished that curse, France can now endeavour to win six games in a row at a World Cup finals for the first time in their history – the last team to achieve such a feat were the golden generation of Spain in 2010.
While Christian Eriksen – making his first major tournament appearance for Denmark since his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 – was able to demonstrate some of the midfield flair that has made him a hit with the Manchester United fans, the Red and Whites’ opener with Tunisia was otherwise a forgettable affair.
The two sides played out one of a few 0-0 draws to take place in round one, but Tunisia would have felt the most aggrieved not to have come away with all three points, even if they had to survive a late VAR check for a possible penalty on Yassine Meriah’s handball. Hjulmand has now admitted that his side face a “complicated” situation in Group D, where they currently occupy third place – separated from second-placed Tunisia on fair play points – but they will still be in with a chance of a top-two finish no matter what transpires this weekend.
A slice of history could also be on the line for the Scandinavian nation here, as they have drawn each of their last four World Cup matches and could now become only the second side to play out five successive stalemates on the biggest global stage, but there are a couple of good omens for this Denmark side who have now kept three clean sheets in their last four games.
Indeed, their final match before the World Cup saw them run out 2-0 winners over France in the Nations League – having also claimed a 2-1 victory in June – and they also overcame Les Bleus 2-0 in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup, when France were defending champions.
France have been plagued by injuries since before Deschamps named his squad, after Deschamps named his squad and now during their World Cup adventure, with left-back Lucas Hernandez tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the build-up to Goodwin’s goal for Australia on Tuesday.
The Bayern Munich man is unsurprisingly out of the rest of the World Cup as he prepares for months of rehabilitation, and he will pass the torch over to brother Theo Hernandez, who put in an impressive shift after replacing his stricken relative. Deschamps was also without Kingsley Coman in Friday’s training session due to a hip issue, but Raphael Varane was passed fit for a place on the bench against the Socceroos as Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate paired up at the back.
While neither Upamecano nor Konate will feel like they deserve to lose their spots, a fully-fit Varane will surely be considered for a place, and the Liverpool man may be the unfortunate one to drop out. A similar story to Hernandez’s has befallen Denmark, as Sevilla midfielder Thomas Delaney came off with a knee injury at half time against Tunisia and has also been forced to withdraw from the tournament as he prepares for a month-long recovery period.
Hjulmand otherwise has no fresh concerns for Saturday’s game and should consider dropping Eriksen into a deeper role alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg following Delaney’s injury, allowing either Mikkel Damsgaard or Jesper Lindstrom to join the attack. Andreas Cornelius produced one of the worst misses in World Cup history after somehow hitting the post from a yard out against Tunisia, and the 29-year-old should only be considered for a substitute role here alongside the injury-plagued Yussuf Poulsen.
NAME: France – Denmark
DATE: 26 Nov 2022
TIME: 16:00 UTC
VENUE: Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar
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