The confrontation between defending champions France and Denmark takes on the character of revenge as the “Roosters” seek to compensate for their two falls against the Scandinavian national team in the European Nations League, in the second round of Group D in the World Cup in Qatar.

The French national team started the campaign to defend its title by defeating Australia 4-1 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, while Tunisia imposed a valuable goalless draw on Denmark at the Education City Stadium in Doha.

France, which ranks first (3), has the opportunity to reach the second round early if it beats Denmark, while Tunisia’s draw with Australia in the second match will guarantee it the lead, regardless of the rest of the results in the last third round.

France succeeded in its first test in Qatar against “Socrose”, in a repetition of the scenario of its victory over the same team at the start of its matches in the World Cup Russia 2018.

The “Roosters” team hopes to book the final price ticket early if it manages to beat Denmark at “974” stadium on Saturday, but first it must break the jinx that accompanies it against a competitor who lost to it twice in 2022 (2-1 in Copenhagen and 2-0 in Paris), and before them in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup.

Despite France’s 0-1 delay, nearly 10 minutes after the starting whistle, with Craig Goodwin’s goal, coach Didier Deschamps’ men responded with two goals from Olivier Giroud, who raised his international tally to 51 goals, equaling his compatriot Thierry Henry as the best scorer in the history of the national team, while Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe added two goals.

Jiro benefited from the departure of Karim Benzema, the best player in the world, from the ranks of the national team due to injury, to reserve a key position in the squad, and become a goal away from breaking the record he shares with Henry.

The curse of injuries haunted France even before Deschamps chose his final list, and he lost before the competition started with Benzema, before he had to dispense with Luca Hernandez, whose adventure in Qatar lasted only 13 minutes before he was injured against Australia.

Benzema and Luca are added to a large group of absentees, most notably Paul Pogba and Ngoli Kante.

It is likely that Deschamps will make 3 changes to his previous formation. After the brilliance of the duo Ibrahima Konate – Dayo Obamecano in the back line against “Sucrose”, Rafael Varane, recovering from an injury in his right thigh, is expected to return to the defense line.

No crowned champion since Brazil 2006 has managed to win their opening match in the finals, but after overcoming this curse, France is seeking its sixth successive victory in the World Cup for the first time in its history, knowing that the Spanish national team and its golden generation 2010 was the last to achieve this feat.

On the other hand, Christian Eriksen, in his first appearance in a global competition after suffering a heart attack that almost claimed his life in the European Cup last summer, was not very satisfied with Denmark, who returned with a disappointing draw against Tunisia.

Coach Casper Helmand, 50, acknowledged that his country had experienced “difficult and complicated moments”.

“I speak for myself as a human being when I say that I find the situation difficult now,” said Helmand, who leads a group nominated to occupy one of the first two places in the group, despite the incomplete race.

The last four matches of the Scandinavian national team ended in a draw, knowing that it kept clean sheets in three of its last four matches.

In turn, Denmark lacks some of its cadres, and recently with Thomas Delaney’s injury against Tunisia, to miss the rest of the matches in his preparation for a month to recover, as it is likely that he will be replaced in the middle by Michael Damsgaard or Matthias Jensen.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel warned of his country’s indolence against France, saying: When we face France in the World Cup, it will be a different match, referring to Denmark’s victory twice over the defending champion this year.

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