The PSG star made the difference with his goals in the second half and put his team through to the round of 16.
The French team , with a brace from Kylian Mbappe , beat Denmark 2-1 and qualified for the Round of 16 after achieving their second win in as many outings in group D of the Qatar 2022 World Cup .
In the first half, the successive attacks by the world champion failed to break Denmark’s defense in the second game for both teams.
Didier Deschamps ‘s team , with a very direct and vertical game, had more chances than the Scandinavians, but they lacked accuracy in the last shot in a match in which they became the first team to qualify for the round of 16.
Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmaichel stepped in twice, to save a fine header from Adrien Rabiot and a less dangerous shot from Antoine Griezmann .
In the second half, the French team continued to overwhelm the Danish defense, which, as best it could, resisted the attacks of a much superior rival until that moment.
However, after 61 minutes the figure of Kylian Mbappé appeared. The PSG attacker launched a quick attack from the left, gave the ball to Theo Hernández and he handed it back to the French star, who defined with category to overcome Kasper Schmeichel. Justice was done apparently on the pitch.
But the French goal woke up Denmark. Kasper Hjulmand ‘s pupils changed their defensive attitude, added men to the attack and sought to do damage in the flank centers.
And that formula was the one that gave equality to the Danes. A corner kick was first headed by Joachim Andersen and then, also with a header, finished off by Andreas Christensen , a Barça defender, who scored for 1-1 after 68 minutes.
With the equalizer, Deschamps’ men went back on top of Denmark, which was waiting to do damage in a counterattack, but it was only with five minutes to go when Mbappé, after a great cross from Antoine Griezmann, put the final 2-1.
With this victory, France reaches six points and is the leader of the group, while Denmark adds one and is third, one point behind Australia . Tunisia also closes the table with a unit.