DOHA, Qatar (November 26) — Star forward Kylian Mbappe scored two goals to guide defending FIFA World Cup champions France into the knockout round of the World Cup 2022 after beating Denmark 2-1 here at Stadium 974 in Doha on Saturday’s Day 7.
“We’re in an ideal position. It makes you feel very calm to be qualified after two games,” France manager Didier Deschamps said. “There’s a strong chance we’ll finish first in the group.”
Mbappe put France ahead in the 61st minute when he converted a cross from Theo Hernandez, but Denmark found the equalizer in the 68th minute when a Danish set piece off of a corner fell for Andreas Christensen who headed the ball into the net from a Christian Eriksen corner which cause instability in the French box.
With time running out and a potential second-round place heading for a likely delay, Mbappe scored the winner in the 86th with his right thigh after a cross was played into the box by Antoine Griezmann. Read more: Video highlights- Japan stun Germany 2-1 in Group E
“Kylian is an extraordinary player. He has the ability to make the difference at any time no matter what the other team plans to contain him,” said Deschamps. “In addition to his great ability he is totally invested in the team and he’s made it an objective of his to win the World Cup.”
France were registering their second win at the FIFA World Cup 2022 after a 4-1 win over Australia in the group’s opener.
The defending champions from Russia 2018, are sitting atop of Group D with six points from two games, scoring six goals and conceding two with a healthy goal difference of +4 heading into the final group match against Tunisia.
Les Bleus become the first team to advance to the knockout stage of Qatar 2022 and were winning a sixth successive FIFA World Cup game for the first time. Additionally, they are also the first holders since Brazil in 2006 to qualify from the group stage.