Meanwhile, Denmark would go above France in Group D with an unlikely win. Defeat for the Danes would leave them staring elimination in the face as a win against Tunisia wouldn’t even necessarily guarantee progression. Denmark would be the happier of the two teams if this game were to end in a draw while it would just seemingly delay France’s safe passage into the knockout stages. Expert opinionFrance needed the static shock of Craig Goodwin’s opener for Australia to show signs of life, but Didier Deschamps’ side proved they can still be as scintillating as 2018 — even with their injuries.
It has been confirmed that the Bayern Munich defender has done serious damage and will not play any further part at the World Cup. Denmark were also forced into a substitution during their opener. Thomas Delaney sustained an injury in the first half against Tunisia and could not continue, Mikkel Damsgaard replaced him just before half-time.
Delaney is also out of the tournament. They will hope that the rest of the team came through the goalless draw unscathed. Squad guidesFrance World Cup 2022 squad guide: Les Bleus destined to go big or go home early againPredicted line-upsFrance (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Pavard, Konate, Upamecano, Theo Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud. Denmark (3-5-2): Schmeichel, Andersen, Kjaer, Christensen; Kristensen, Hojbjerg, Jensen, Eriksen, Maehle; Dolberg, Damsgaard. Last time outFrance made absolutely sure that they wouldn’t be affected by the World Cup holders’ curse as they recovered brilliantly from an early setback to beat Australia 4-1.
On the back of their emotional run to the semi-final of Euro 2020, they were extremely disappointing. Had it not been for a brilliant save from Kasper Schmeichel, they may have even lost to Tunisia as the former Leicester City goalkeeper kept out Issam Jebali when he ran through on goal. Although, Cornelius had a much better chance to open the scoring after coming on from the bench but somehow hit the post from a yard out. Cornelius couldn’t convert after being picked out a yard from the goal line (Photo: Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)Players carrying yellow cardsFrance: None. Denmark: Kristensen, Jensen. What’s at stake? For France, a place in the last-16 is at stake, with a group game to spare. Victory would see them through before even having to worry about their clash with Tunisia next week.