Doha: Kylian Mbappe scored twice to ship champions France into the final 16 of the World Cup as they beat Denmark 2-1 of their Group D conflict on the 974 Stadium on Saturday, making them first facet to qualify for the knockout stage.
France high the group on six factors, three forward of Australia, who beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier within the day, with the Danes and the Tunisians each on one level.
France tackle Tunisia and Denmark meet Socceroos within the remaining spherical on Wednesday.
A good, tense first half noticed France benefit from the higher probabilities as Adrien Rabiot went shut with a header and the Danes have been compelled into quite a lot of last-ditch blocks to maintain their clear sheet intact.
It was to not final and Mbappe put the French forward within the 61st minute, crowning an excellent high-speed French counter with a bouncing first-time end from Theo Hernandez’s intelligent pull-back.
At all times a hazard from set items, Andreas Christensen put the Danes degree seven minutes later, stealing in behind the defence and stooping to go residence.
Andreas Christensen of Denmark vies for the ball with France’s Kylian Mbappe. Picture: Twitter/ @equipedefrance
Neither facet appeared content material with a draw and Rabiot fired a spectacular volley over within the eightieth minute, and a minute later substitute Martin Braithwaite fired a first-time effort of his personal simply extensive of the close to publish.
The sport appeared set to finish in a stalemate till Mbappe popped up within the 86th minute on the far publish to cushion residence an Antoine Griezmann cross from shut vary to revive the result in ship the travelling French followers into raptures.
Denmark threw every part ahead in search of a second equaliser, leaving acres of area on the again, however their late assaults in opposition to a facet they beat twice within the latest Nations League marketing campaign lacked precision and the French held on for the win that put them by means of.