The black night of the champion

France, current champion of the UEFA Nations League, debuted in the new edition of the continental tournament with a defeat against Denmark (1-2) at the Stade de France.

The black night of the champion

France, current champion of the UEFA Nations League, debuted in the new edition of the continental tournament with a defeat against Denmark (1-2) at the Stade de France. After a first half without many shocks, the French bad luck began shortly after the game resumed after the break. His star Kylian Mbappé suffered a puncture in his left knee in the 46th minute and had to be quickly replaced by Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku. "Mbappé has a knee problem. I don't know the exact nature. He is going to undergo more tests », assured after the duel one of the French coach's assistants, Didier Deschamps.

Karim Benzema's great goal just a few minutes after Mbappé left, in minute 51, brightened up the Parisian night a bit.

The striker, full of joy after winning the Champions League with Madrid, started from the right wing, threw a wall with Nkunku inside the area, left two rivals petrified with feints and defined at will with his left foot. Denmark, after the coup. he made numerous changes and began to grow little by little in the duel. One of the new faces was striker Andreas Cornelius, who scored in the 68th minute and repeated it in the 88th to give the Scandinavians victory.

It was not the best night for the favorites. Belgium also fell against the Netherlands (1-4), a historic team that has been in the doldrums for a few years. Bergwjin put the oranges ahead in the first half and in the second the two goals from Depay (minutes 51 and 65) and the one from lane Dumfries (61) sealed the match. Batshuady, in discount, did the honor for the Belgians. Croatia, current runner-up in the world, also savored the defeat against Austria (0-3).

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