Andreas Cornelius got here off the bench to fireside two targets for Denmark as they got here from behind to defeat France 2-1 of their Nations League Group A1 conflict on the Stade de France on Friday.
Karim Benzema, who lifted the Champions League trophy with Actual Madrid on the similar venue final Saturday, appeared like he was headed for one more stellar night time as he had an early shot smothered after which a aim dominated out for offside.
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His strike companion Kylian Mbappe departed at halftime after selecting up an harm however Benzema was undeterred, slicing in from the appropriate and taking part in a one-two with Christopher Nkunku earlier than dribbling previous one other couple of Danish defenders and firing dwelling within the 51st minute.
The world champions had Denmark underneath huge stress for a lot of the second half however they levelled by means of substitute Cornelius when he deftly volleyed dwelling a move from Pierre Hojbjerg within the 68th minute.
The aim did little to cease the relentless waves of French assaults and N’golo Kante ought to have put the house facet again into the lead within the 81st minute, however his curling shot smacked off the right-hand publish with Kasper Schmeichel stranded.
Denmark remained a hazard on the break, with playmaker Christian Eriksen someway firing his shot straight at Hugo Lloris with the aim at his mercy within the 86th minute, however Cornelius got here to the rescue two minutes later.
The 29-year-old beat the offside entice to latch on to Joakim Maehle’s lengthy move and blasted the ball excessive into the online previous Lloris for the winner.
“It was higher than even I anticipated. Improbable, in entrance of 80,000 folks, we go over and beat the world’s greatest group,” a delighted Cornelius instructed Danish broadcaster TV2.
“Now we have a robust group and have good gamers all over the place. Now we have a number of gamers who can are available in from the bench and hold the extent up. We’re a small nation, however we will play with the most effective,” he added.
France journey to Croatia for his or her subsequent recreation on Monday, whereas the Danes face one other away recreation in opposition to group leaders Austria, who beat the Croatians 3-0 of their opener