Qatar 2022: France becomes first nation to qualify Round of 16

France have become the first nation to qualify for the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup.

Kylian Mbappe scored a brace as the defending champions beat Denmark 2-1 on Saturday.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward opened the scoring just after the hour mark, after he played a neat one-two with Theo Hernandez.

But the Danes levelled the score through Andreas Christensen’s bullet header.

Mbappe then grabbed a winner late in the game, converting Antoine Griezmann’s cross to ensure Les Bleus maintain a 100% record in Qatar.

The 23-year-old is now the outright top scorer at the tournament and also has 31 goals for France, level with Zinedine Zidane on the country’s all-time scoring list.

Didier Deschamps’ men are top of Group D on six points, three ahead of second-place Australia, while Denmark are yet to find their first win with just a point after two games.



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