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Soccer. 2022 World Cup: qualified, the Blues ward off fate



Group D. France – Denmark: 2-1

France will not do like Germany in 2018, Spain in 2014 and Italy in 2010, all eliminated in the group stage, four years after their coronation in the World Cup. World champions in Russia, the Blues ward off this bad luck tirelessly brought back to the carpet in recent weeks. And will be present in the round of 16 in Qatar after their success against Denmark on Saturday in Doha.

A hard selection to play, athletic but technical, compact but quick in counterattacks and strong on set pieces. A start of a “black beast” that they had not beaten since 2015. France are qualified and should not even need a draw on Wednesday against Tunisia to secure first place in group D. To fall in the second, Australia would have to crush the Danes and the Tunisians do the same with France. Utopian.

The substitutes will therefore have playing time in this last group match.

The French team, as a bonus and because it has (well) done the job on the first two meetings, will gain an additional day of rest, expected next Sunday at 6 p.m. against the second in Pool C in the round of 16 . The first of group C will face him, the second of D, on Saturday evening.

A score that does not say domination

A journey without a hitch, for the moment. But how to analyze this victory of the Blues? Winning in the World Cup is never easy and this Saturday evening, France is the only selection to have won its first two games, pending the meetings of this Sunday and Monday. It is not insignificant. The players of Didier Deschamps, who had already provided an initial response to their intentions last Tuesday against Australia, were able to create many opportunities against Denmark, a formation deemed quite hermetic.

Rabiot saw his header come out brilliantly from Schmeichel (21′), Koundé alerted the opposing defense to a powerful shot (31′), Mbappé sent a center back from Dembélé into the stands (43′), Griezmann inexplicably missed the boat, put into orbit by Tchouaméni (60′) and Rabiot, again, took off with a sublime overturn which did not pass far from the crossbar (80′).

The final score does not say everything about the domination of the Blues, ahead in the score after a superb sequence of Mbappé (61 ‘), caught on a corner after two lost duels (68 ‘), maintained in the match by Lloris (73 ‘) and winners thanks to the vista of Griezmann and the opportunism of Mbappé (86 ‘).

“An ideal position”

“The objective has been achieved, delivers Raphaël Varane. We conceded few chances and, conversely, we created a lot of them”. France is gaining momentum, expected and at the rendezvous against a stronger selection in a match which saw Didier Deschamps assume his ambitions and maintain his four attackers. “For us, the position is ideal, assures the coach. It brings peace and confidence. This group is strong, solid, and wants to do great things.

Datasheet

Referee: Mr. Marciniak (POL).

Spectators: 42,680.

GOALS. France: Mbappe (61′, 86′); Denmark: A. Christensen (68′).

Warnings. France: Koundé (43′); Denmark: Christensen (20′), Cornelius (23′).

FRANCE : Lloris (cap) – Koundé, Varane (74′), Upamecano, T. Hernandez – Tchouaméni, Rabiot – Dembélé (Coman, 74′), Griezmann (Fofana, 90+3′), Mbappé – Giroud (Thuram, 62′) . Not involved: Mandanda, Areola, Disasi, Pavard, Saliba, Veretout, Camavinga, Guendouzi, Kolo Muani. Coach: D. Deschamps.

DENMARK: Schmeichel (cap) – Kristensen, Andersen, A. Christensen, Nelsson, Maehle – Höjbjerg, Eriksen – Lindström (Norgaard, 85′), Cornelius (Braithwate, 46′), Damsgaard (Dolberg, 73′). Not involved: Rönnow, O. Christensen, Kjaer, Wass, Styger Larsen, Bah, Jensen, Poulsen. Coach: K. Hjulmand.

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