World Cup 2022: France hopes to avoid third defeat against Denmark this year

France lost twice to Denmark in the Nations League in 2022
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France hope to avoid a third loss to Denmark in the same year and qualify for the World Cup with one group game remaining.

Didier Deschamps’ side top Group D and will advance to the Round of 16 with a win on Saturday (16:00 GMT).

The last two meetings between the teams in the UEFA Nations League in 2022 were won by DenmarkWith France conceded two goals in both games.

“They are underestimated as a team,” said Deschamps.

“We are talking about a four-month period during which they hit us twice and made life very difficult for us. We must ensure that this is not the case [on Saturday].

“It’s not about revenge because we know the Danish players and they know us. They can change the system from one game to another and that can cause us different kinds of difficulties.”

France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said the World Cup in Qatar was “a different competition” but added that previous defeats showed Denmark’s strengths.

The defending champions have never lost to a side three times in the same year, but Lloris warned Denmark are “able to beat the best”.

“It gives you an idea of ​​the level of this Danish team. It’s a wake-up call for us. We don’t need any extra motivation. We are fully aware of the importance.

“We know it’s going to be a crucial game for qualifying. All the teams are in good shape physically and athletically. We know it’s going to be a big challenge – and we have to be ready.”

TEAM NEWS

Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the win over Australia on Tuesday and is out for the rest of the World Cup.

His brother Theo Hernandez is expected to replace him, while Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane is ready to go.

French winger Kingsley Coman was sidelined from training on Friday with a hip problem.

Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney has been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a knee injury in the goalless draw with Tunisia.

MATCH FACTS

  • This is the fourth meeting between France and Denmark at the World Cup, all in the group stage of the competition. France has won the tournament twice when they faced Denmark (1998 and 2018).
  • France have won their last five World Cup games; they have never won six finals in a row, the last nation to do so was Spain in 2010.
  • Each of Denmark’s last four World Cup games has been drawn.

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