Mpape Powers France Into Round Of 16 *First To Qualify To Next Round

Two goals from Kylian Mbappe, means that France, defending Champions has become the first team in the 2022 Qatar World Cup to qualify for the knockout stage that would involve 16 teams, after prevailing over Denmark on Saturday, in a march that could have ended one goal apiece.

But the speedy 22-year-old, who was in the squad that won the 2018 edition in Russia, was the first to find the back of the net and returned with the winning goal after Denmark equalised less than seven minutes after, all in the second half.

The Group D at Stadium 974 match saw Mbape scoring at about 60 minutes in a one-touch shot which caught the Danish goalkeeper unawares, but the lead lasted just six minutes plus before Denmark equalised through Andreas Christensen .

However, both sides began piling up pressure, with the Danes, which had hitherto been defending seemingly gaining more confidence to approach the half of the Les Bleus with some threatening moves.

In the end Mbappe, who returned in the 86th minute to slot in another goal which came from Antoine Griezmann’s cross and all efforts to change the outcome failing on the side of the Danes, Mbape has now shot past Zinadene Zidane, the France hero, with a record of seven world cup goals.

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