Denmark 2-0 France: Dolberg and Skov Olsen strike in the first-half to down Deschamps’ side


Denmark 2-0 France: World Cup holders’ poor form continues ahead of their title defence in Qatar as first-half strikes from Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen seal memorable win for Danes

  • France’s Nations League misery continued with a poor 2-0 defeat by Denmark 
  • Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen fired the Danes ahead before the break
  • The reigning World Cup champions’ form in front of goal remained fruitless
  • Didier Deschamps’ side are the lowest scorers in their group with five goals
  • Second-place Denmark went seven points clear of France, who remain in third
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Nations League holders France lost 2-0 to Denmark in their final Group 1 game but salvaged their place in the top tier at the end of a dismal campaign on Sunday.

Didier Deschamps’s side, who will face Denmark in Group D at the World Cup in November, conceded first-half goals by Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen to finish third in their Group with five points from six games.

Austria were relegated to League B after a 3-1 home defeat in Croatia left them bottom of the group on four points.

France’s disastrous form continued as Denmark cruised to a 2-0 victory in the Nations League

Kylian Mbappe struggled again as France finished the night as the lowest scorers in their group

Kylian Mbappe struggled again as France finished the night as the lowest scorers in their group

Croatia qualified for the final four with 13 points, one ahead of Denmark, who burst into life against France after being dominated in the first 20 minutes.

France ended the group as the lowest scorers, managing only five goals throughout the competition, two fewer than bottom-place Austria.

Didier Deschamps’ side head to Qatar in miserable goal-scoring form despite regular starts for French superstars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Kasper Dolberg (L) - pictured with Christian Eriksen (R) - opened the scoring in the 33rd minute

Kasper Dolberg (L) – pictured with Christian Eriksen (R) – opened the scoring in the 33rd minute

Andreas Skov Olsen fired in a second six minutes later to put Denmark 2-0 ahead at the break

Andreas Skov Olsen fired in a second six minutes later to put Denmark 2-0 ahead at the break

Denmark and France will come to blows again at the World Cup in November, having drawn each other in Group D.

The two European clubs share their pool with Australia and Tunisia and each head into the tournament as the most likely sides of the four to reach the knockouts.

France will be eager for the likes of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante to return from injury ahead of November, as the midfield pair were instrumental during Les Blues’ World Cup triumph in 2018.

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