Mbappe scores twice against Denmark to secure France's spot in the round of 16

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Mbappe scores twice against Denmark to secure France's spot in the round of 16
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A Kylian Mbappe-inspired France overcame a resolute Denmark, as the reigning World Champions secured their place in the round of 16. Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele were jaw-droppingly good all game, and the Danes were unable to cope with their pace, despite Andreas Christensen's equaliser in the second half. Denmark will now play Australia knowing that only a win will do.

19:10 CET: Ok, that's all from France vs Denmark. A monumentally large match between Argentina and Mexico next. An Mbappe masterclass, now time for a Lionel Messi one? Or am I being greedy?

Check out the report from this match right here, and hopefully we will see you in 45 minutes.

19:00 CET: The first half was intriguing, but the second half really went up in quality. The early goal from Mbappe forced Denmark's hand, which really stretched the game open. France were ominous though. They looked in control, even after Christensen's equaliser. They looked secure all over the pitch, and with the stunning firepower they have up front in Dembele and Mbappe, it is practically impossible to stop them. Mbappe, though. Wow. You know how good he is, but he never ceases to amaze. His pace and movement is something you don't see often in football. Dembele was of course brilliant in the first half too, and I thought Griezmann was excellent in midfield. They have now secured their place in the round of 16. Denmark won't be overly disappointed with the result, purely because the equation pretty much remains the same for them. Their clash with Australia next up is a must-win if they want to qualify. They didn't play badly at all and their approach put them in a position where they were in a position to win the game, but unfortunately, they just don't have anyone up front to tuck away some of the half chances. 

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Second Half

18:56 CET: A quiet end to the game and the final whistle is blown. What a great second half of football. Quality stuff. France have qualified for the knockout rounds. More on the game in a bit.

18:50 CET: Watching Mbappe play like this is simply watching greatness. A phenomenon. He has started this World Cup in ridiculous fashion.

More subs for both sides. Youssouf Fofana on for France, with Griezmann replaced. Alexander Bah for Denmark, Kristensen taken off.

18:44 CET: MBAPPE, HE HAS DONE IT AGAIN! THIS BOY IS A JOKE! IT'S A DELICIOUS CROSS FROM GRIEZMANN, AND MBAPPE MAKES A SUPERB RUN AT THE BACK STICK, AND BUNDLES THE BALL OVER THE LINE. HIS MOVEMENT IS A JOY TO BEHOLD. CREDIT TO GRIEZMANN TOO FOR THAT RIDICULOUSLY GOOD BALL.

18:43 CET: Lindstrom is off for Denmark, Norgaard comes on.

18:39 CET: Braithwaite, argh. Just can't sweep the ball on target. Agonising. Good play from Denmark as the ball came into the striker, but he can't direct his strike the right way. 

18:37 CET: France coming forward. The Danes are being tested aerially. OH, RABIOT. What an effort. Another cross whipped in and Rabiot's overhead kick is like a missile but goes over the bar.

18:33 CET: Double sub for France. Kingsley Coman is on for Dembele, which is a little bit of a surprise. Ibrahima Konate is on for Varane, who is just returning from injury.

18:31 CET: OH THAT'S A BIG CHANCE FOR DENMARK. Lindstrom is free in the penalty area after a good pass, but his shot is down the middle of the goal. End. To. End.

Denmark also make a sub, Kasper Dolberg is on for Damsgaard.

18:29 CET: Now we have a game on our hands. Really good stuff. Denmark are opening up a little bit, meaning France are being gifted more spaces. We have an exciting 20 minutes in store.

18:26 CET: IT'S 1-1. THAT HAS COME OUT OF NOTHING. CHRISTENSEN HEADS IT PAST LLORIS FROM A CORNER AFTER A FLICK-ON FROM ANDERSEN. NOT THE BEST DEFENDING FROM FRANCE, BUT DENMARK WON'T CARE. GAME ON!

18:23 CET: Marcus Thuram comes on for Olivier Giroud, who is playing in front of his father Lilian Thuram, who is in the crowd.

18:19 CET: MBAPPPPEEEEEEE YESSSSS! IT'S SO GOOD! MBAPPE DRIVES AT DENMARK AND PLAYS A GORGEOUS LITTLE GIVE-AND-GO WITH THEO HERNANDEZ. THE CUT BACK FROM THE LEFT BACK TO THE FORWARD IS INCH PERFECT, AND MBAPPE SLOTS THE BALL PAST SCHMEICHEL INTO THE BOTTOM CORNER VIA A TINY DEFLECTION. CLASS.

18:18 CET: Ahhhh Griezmann, you have to be doing better. A long ball finds the Frenchman who is one on one with the keeper, but he blazes a bouncing ball over the bar.

18:15 CET: It's been a quiet start to the half, with Denmark looking a bit more assured. But Mbappe finally has the first good chance since the break, as he drives at the Danish defence and launches a shot at Schmeichel which he comfortably punches away.

18:04 CET: And with that, the second half begins. Denmark have taken off Cornelius and replaced him with Martin Braithwaite. Can he make a difference for Denmark, or will the pattern of play remain the same?

17:59 CET: He's been utterly scintillating in that half, Ousmane Dembele. He will be giving Maehle nightmares tonight. The amount of balls he's put into the box, and the ease with which he has gone past his defenders has been jaw-dropping. Denmark will have to find a way to shut him down in the second half.

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First Half

17:48 CET: That is half time. It is goalless but it's been a decent 45 minutes. France have played some good football, with Mbappe and particularly Dembele causing loads of problems on the wings. But they are yet to score. And Denmark will be content with that. The longer it stays 0-0, the more chance they have of snatching a result. The Danes know that too. Their approach has been very cautious. We will be back for the second half. 

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17:40 CET: Now that is a surprise. Dembele (again) smashes in a ball to the unmarked Mbappe, but his shot is fired miles over when he really should be hitting the target. Dembele has been the best player on the pitch so far. 

17:37 CET: Dembele is yet again at the heart of everything good. Unplayable at the moment. He and Mbappe link up to set up Giroud, who heads wide.

17:34 CET: Denmark have their best chance of the half. Cornelius shoots wide of the post on a counter attack. 

17:31 CET: Mbappe is just too much to handle. He's been so good so far. Every time he gets the ball, something is going to happen. His cross falls to Kounde, and his shot is blocked by the Danish defence. 

17:22 CET: France playing well, and Rabiot forces Schmeichel into a save. A wicked cross from Dembele yet again, and the midfielder's header is perhaps too close to the keeper. The wingers are causing all sorts of issues for the Danes.

17:19 CET: Mbappe's pace is ABSURD. My word, that is ridiculous. France hit Denmark on the break, Griezmann sees Mbappe making a run through on goal and plays him a ball. But the change of pace from Mbappe is a joke. It didn't look like he was going to get anywhere near that pass. But he did, and Christensen cynically pulls him down. Clamour from the French for a red, but there were two covering defenders. Scary.

17:15 CET: France are looking really dangerous on the flanks. Dembele and Mbappe are very lively so far, whipping in crosses in whenever possible. Giroud has been close to getting on the end of a few of them.

17:08 CET: Giroud so close to getting a strike away right in front of goal, but the ball is nipped off of him by Eriksen. Good defending from the Dane.

17:00 CET: We are underway as Denmark gets things started.

16:53 CET: The players are coming out. Looking forward to this one.

16:43 CET: Olivier Giroud scored twice against Australia to go level with Thierry Henry as France's all-time leading goalscorer, which is some feat. Who would rule out another goal from the striker to become the outright leader?

Team News

France make three changes, all coming in the back line. Raphael Varane is back from injury, and takes the place of Ibrahima Konate. Theo Hernandez is out after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Australia, and his brother Lucas  starts after replacing him during the last game.

Benjamin Pavard is also replaced, with Joules Kounde starting at right back.

Denmark have made four changes to their side after the poor performance against Tunisia. Victor Nelsson, Mikkel Damsgaard, Andreas Cornelius and Jesper Lindstrom all come in. Thomas Delaney is out with an injury.

France - Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Denmark - Schmeichel; Andersen, Christensen, Nelsson; Kristensen, Hojbjerg, Eriksen, Maehle; Lindstrom, Cornelius, Damsgaard.

Introduction

Game number three. France vs Denmark. The appetizer before tonight's main course. And it is a great appetizer. Denmark beat France in their last two games, both in the Nations League, and are unbeaten in their last three against them. Hopefully it should be a cracking game, with still so much to play for. And of course, we have live text coverage for you.

It feels like it has been a while since we have had a really good game at this World Cup, could this be it? If you want to follow the match elsewhere, we have also got live audio coverage, right here.

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