Not much worth mentioning is happening at the moment. The ball is mostly in midfield.
Yellow card for Andreas Cornelius (Denmark)
Cornelius steps on Giroud’s foot in midfield. There’s yellow for that.
France have the best chance of the game. After a cross from Dembélé from the right, Rabiot gets a header in the penalty area. Schmeichel saves the ball well.
Yellow card for Andreas Christensen (Denmark)
Griezmann sends Mbappé centrally on the journey. Christensen holds the Frenchman to prevent worse. There is only a yellow card because two Danish defenders were still level.
France is now slightly superior. Denmark rarely gets the ball into the French half anymore.
Dembélé asserts himself strongly on the right side and then crosses into the middle with his right. Andersen hinders Giroud decisively in the header. The ball flies clearly next to it.
First good chance for France! Griezmann takes the corner from the right. Varane gets a header at the near post. Mæhle clears just before the line.
Griezmann brings a free kick from the left half field up into the penalty area. Cornelius clears the corner with his head.
The Équipe Tricolore comes into the penalty area for the first time. Hernández crosses from the left to the middle. The ball lands at Giroud, but Eriksen prevents the French top scorer from completing.
France now has a first phase of possession. The game shifts to the Danes’ half.
The reigning world champion comes on the offensive for the first time with a counterattack. Dembélé conquers the ball in his own penalty area and then picks up the pace. In the end, the winger shoots from the edge of the penalty area himself. His shot is blocked.
France is not in the game at all. After the first five minutes you might think Denmark would be the favorites here.
Denmark has the ball in the first few minutes. France is looking at what the Danes have to offer.
Denmark also has a knee injury to complain about. The former Bundesliga professional Thomas Delaney will therefore no longer be used. In addition to him, Kasper Hjulmand replaces three other players in Kjær, Dolberg and Skov Olsen compared to the opening game. Instead, Andersen, Lindstrøm, Damsgaard and Cornelius start today.
On the staff: Didier Deschamps makes three changes compared to the win against Australia. The injured Lucas Hernández is replaced at left-back by his brother Theo. Also, Koundé starts at the other end of defense instead of Pavard and Varane comes in for Konaté in central defence.
Denmark looks back on a less pleasant opening game. Kasper Hjulmand’s side were held to a 0-0 draw against Tunisia. The Danish squad is worth almost six times as much as that of the North Africans. Nevertheless, even if we lose to France today, everything is still possible. In the group final against Australia, it would then be a matter of qualifying for the round of 16. But scoring points against the favorites would be a welcome bonus, of course.
France started the tournament with a bit of a shock. In the opening game, the 2018 world champion was behind after a few minutes against the blatant outsider from Australia. The infamous World Cup curse was in the air right away, but Didier Deschamps’ side were undeterred. She turned the game around in the first half. The game ended with a befitting 4:1. But the whole thing had one downer: Bayern star Lucas Hernández tore his cruciate ligament and is therefore no longer available with immediate effect.
Hello and welcome to the 2nd match day in group D of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Today at 5 p.m. the reigning world champion France meets Denmark.