Two goals from Kylian Mbappé against a goal from Christiansen, all scored in the second half: the France team won its second match of the competition on Saturday and secured its place in the round of 16.
At the top of Group D after two games with six points, the Blues are certain to be among the first two places in their pool, and therefore to qualify for the rest of the competition – they are the first team to qualify for this edition. They are even almost sure to finish first in their group, their goal difference with Australia, the only team that can still have in theory as many points as them after the third match, being very favorable: +4 for the Blues, – 2 for Australians.
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This is Didier Deschamps’ third World Cup as coach and for the third time, his team has ensured its qualification from its first two games. This year in Qatar, after this double victory (4-1 against Australia, 2-1 against Denmark), as in Russia in 2018 (2-1 against Australia, already, and 1-0 against Peru) and in Brazil in 2014 (3-0 against Honduras, 5-2 against Switzerland). In 2014 and 20418, France finished top of their group, having drawn 0-0 in their third game (against Ecuador and Denmark respectively). What promise us a scoreless match against Tunisia on Wednesday?
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France also puts an end to the curse of the outgoing champion, of which it had itself been the victim in 2002: it is the first time that the defending champion has passed the first round since Brazil in 2006.
By scoring his 30th and 31st goals in Blue, Kylian Mbappé, who will be 24 in a month, continues to break records for precocity: he equals the number of goals scored by Zidane over his entire career: here they are all two tied for 7th in a ranking still dominated by Olivier Giroud and Thiery Henry (51 goals). Mbappé has already scored seven goals in the World Cup, 4 in Russia and already 3 in Qatar, which now makes him the 2nd French scorer in this competition, ahead of Thierry Henry and still quite far from Just Fontaine and his 13 goals in a single edition in 1958.
After the two goals scored by Giroud against Australia, this is the Blues’ second double in two games. Three players scored the 6 tricolor goals: Mbappé (3), Giroud (2) and Rabiot (1).
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Among the changes in the starting team compared to the first match: the Barcelonan Jules Koundé held the right lane, behind Dembelé, in place of Pavard. In the central hinge, Raphaël Varane, back from injury, held his place, in duet with Upamecano, until his replacement in the 74th minute. On the left side, Théo Hernandez started in place of his brother Lucas, injured and forfeited after the first match.
5. What’s next?
Didier Deschamps will be able to rotate his squad for the third match of the group against Tunisia (Wednesday at 4 p.m.). Tunisia, which will play big, a victory can still allow it to qualify. The following ? If it finishes, the most probable hypothesis, at the top of its group, France will meet the second of group C, a group still open, and could therefore face Argentina, Poland, Saudi Arabia or Mexico on Sunday. December 4 at 4 p.m.