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Les Bleus aim to secure last-16 spot in clash against Denmark

France will try to secure a spot in the next round as they face a Danish side who impressed in their first game.

Who: France v Denmark, Group D
Where: Stadium 974
When: Saturday, November 26, 7:00 PM (4:00 PM GMT)
Head to Head: France (8), Denmark (6) and two draws

Denmark is a bit of a lucky charm for France, who faced them in the group stages in 1998 and 2018 – the last two victorious World Cup campaigns for Les Bleus.

Denmark weak in opening game

Denmark had been labeled “dark horses” by many pundits for the tournament, having shown some good form recently, including beating France twice in the nations competition.

However, the perception of the Scandinavians has changed after they were bullied by Tunisia in a chest-thumping, high-octane opening match.

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Tunisia’s Ali Abdi, back, and Denmark’s Andreas Skov Olsen challenge each other for the ball in what was a physical first game for Denmark [AP Photo/Hassan Ammar]

The Eagles of Carthage played with an intensity that took the spark off the “Danish Dynamite” that slowly grew into the game, with Andreas Cornelius missing a golden opportunity in the final minutes.

France rampant against Australia

Meanwhile, France enjoyed a fine start to their World Cup campaign by thrashing the Socceroos 4-1 thanks to a brace from Olivier Giroud.

There will be slight concerns that they let Australia, who lacked real quality in their team, open the scoring.

Just before the start of the tournament, Karim Benzema was forced to withdraw after failing to recover from a thigh injury. Still, France boasts Kylian Mbappe, Antione Greizmann and Giroud as starters.

Giroud Runs With His Arms Outstretched While Dembélé Walks Up Behind Him, Smiling
Frenchman Olivier Giroud, right, celebrates with Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé after his goal against Australia [AP Photo/Francisco Seco]

Thomas Delaney from Denmark had to come off the field on Tuesday just before half-time and is a doubtful case for the game. He has been a regular in the Danish midfield in recent years and has also impressed the Danish midfield

club level for Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla.

The Danes will look to Christian Eriksen to orchestrate the Danish game against a strong French team. He showed flashes of brilliance against Tunisia but will need to improve his game against superior opponents.

In addition to Benzema, France is missing a number of key players, including Pogba and Kante, who were unable to travel to Qatar due to an injury. However, they will be confident that their replacements, Real Madrid’s duo Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga and Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot, who scored against Australia, can fill the gap.

A win secures France a spot in the last 16. If Denmark win instead, they’ll appreciate their chances of finishing second in the group as they’ll face an Australian side who looked disjointed afterwards and had no real quality in their opening game. .

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