Denmark defeated France and lost out in World Cup

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Even though Denmark defeated France and lost out on a spot in the World Cup finals the following year,

the defending champions France narrowly averted Nations League relegation.

After losing 3-1 to Croatia on Sunday, Austria was demoted and finished one point below France.

To qualify for the championship game next summer,

Denmark needed to win and hoped that Croatia would lose to Austria.

France

The hosts in Copenhagen scored two goals in the first half from Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen.

By defeating Austria on Thursday, world champions France,

who defeated Spain 2-1 in last year’s Nations League final, snapped a four-game losing streak and rose off the bottom of the group.

At Parken Stadium,

Kylian Mbappe forced Kasper Schmeichel into action after a corner as France mounted early pressure. France needed to win to ensure their top-tier position in the championship.

A beautiful ball over the top by the Manchester United midfielder

was intercepted by Skov Olsen after Christian Eriksen had helped Denmark start to pose more of a threat.

France

To build up Dolberg’s breakthrough,

Eriksen found Mikkel Damsgaard on the right; the striker glided in to meet the Brentford winger’s low cross.

Joakim Maehle and Thomas Delaney were originally stopped by Alphonse Areola,

who also made saves from Skov Olsen, who then doubled the lead with a spectacular shot from the edge of the box.

Prior to the World Cup in November,

France’s dismal Nations League performance continued with a discouraging 2-0 loss to Denmark on Sunday.

The Danes were comfortably up at the interval after scoring twice in six minutes from Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen just before halftime,

and Didier Deschamps’ team was unable to rally despite making multiple changes in the second half.

The defending world champions finished the evening seven points behind second-place Denmark.

Despite defeating France 2-0 in Copenhagen,

Denmark failed to advance to the Nations League final four.
The hosts knew going into this match that after losing 2-1 to Croatia in Zagreb on Thursday,

they needed to win in order to go to the finals next summer, along with a draw or loss for the Croats against Austria. In the meantime,

France

France arrived in Parken aware that, even if they lost,

only Austria’s victory could send them to the lower division.
Kylian Mbappe forced Kasper Schmeichel to make a brilliant save in the opening minutes,

and Dayot Upamecano had a header deflected over at a corner before France got the better of the opening 20 minutes.

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Denmark lost to France 2-0 in Copenhagen,

but it was not enough to get them past the semifinals of the Nations League.


The hosts knew going into this game that they needed to win,

along with a draw or loss for Croatia against Austria, in order to go to the finals next summer after falling 2-1 to Croatia in Zagreb on Thursday. Meanwhile,

France knew going into the game in Parken that even if they lost, only Austria’s win could drop them to a lesser level.
Before France took control of the first 20 minutes,

Dayot Upamecano had a header deflected over at a corner and Kylian Mbappe forced Kasper Schmeichel to make a stunning save.

Delaney once more came near at a corner before Eriksen forced Areola to tip a delivery over the crossbar.

France’s set-piece defence was absolutely dreadful. When the visitors failed to clear the ball as halftime drew near and Denmark’s corner count grew steadily,

Delaney set up Olsen for a goal from the edge of the box.
After the half, the visitors made an effort to get back into the game,

and Schmeichel made three saves in the span of five minutes to save Mbappe from scoring. France was unable to defeat Croatia, but Croatia defeated Austria 3-1 in Vienna,

leaving Denmark with an odd mixture of joy and regret at the game’s conclusion.

Denmark defeated France twice in the Nations League, most recently winning 2-1 at the Stade de France in their inaugural game.

Even though Denmark defeated France and lost out on a spot in the World Cup finals the following year, the defending champions France narrowly averted Nations League relegation.

After losing 3-1 to Croatia on Sunday, Austria was demoted and finished one point below France.

To qualify for the championship game next summer, Denmark needed to win and hoped that Croatia would lose to Austria.

The hosts in Copenhagen scored two goals in the first half from Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen.

By defeating Austria on Thursday, world champions France, who defeated Spain 2-1 in last year’s Nations League final, snapped a four-game losing streak and rose off the bottom of the group.

France, the defending UEFA Nations League champion, was defeated 2-0 by Denmark on Sunday.

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