Photos: Mbappe scores twice as France overcome Denmark

Kylian Mbappé scored a double in the second half as France became the first team to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the World Cup, beating a spirited Danish team 2-1 in a thrilling encounter.

After a goalless first half on Saturday in which the defending champions dominated but failed to convert, defender Theo Hernandez joined the electric Mbappé, whose shot off Andreas Christensen’s heel went into the back of the net to put France on top. took the lead. the 61st minute.

Denmark leveled seven minutes later when Christensen made up for the deflection by firing a powerful header past distraught French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Mbappé finished the job in the 86th minute, converting an Antoine Griezmann cross and pushing the ball into the back of the net with his thigh.

France leads Group D with six points, three ahead of Australia, who beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier in the day. The Danes and the Tunisians each have one point.

France will take on Tunisia and Denmark will face the Socceroos in the final group matches.

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