Denmark will aim to replicate their recent success against France when they face the reigning world champions in their second match in Group D.
The Danes won both their home and away UEFA Nations League matches against Les Blues.
They had also held France to a goalless tie in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup.
But the 2020 Euro semifinalists could not breach the Tunisian defence and had to stay content with a point in their opening match.
On the other hand, France survived an early scare to cruise to a 4-1 win against Australia to kickstart the title defence.
France went 1-0 down against the Socceroos in less than ten minutes after the kickoff.
With four of the past five defending champions failing to win their opening match, it seemed likely that the champions curse is back to haunt Didier Deschamps’ men.
But Adrien Rabiot restored parity before Olivier Giroud scored a brace, and the mercurial Kylian Mbappé added to the pile. France finished the match with a statement 4-1 win and took a big step toward ensuring the group’s top spot.
Christian Eriksen returned to the international stage for Denmark following his horrific cardiac arrest in the Euro 2020 match against Finland. But the midfield maestro could not inspire his team to a victory on the opening day.
In hindsight, Denmark might feel that they have earned a point rather than dropping it as they had to survive a late onslaught of Tunisia attacks to keep the score unchanged.
The Red and Whites appealed for a late penalty, but VAR ruled out the accusation of Yassine Meriah intentionally touching the ball with his hand.
Denmark will still be alive in the round of 16 race if they lose to France. But the equation will have too many variables, and their fate will mostly depend on other results. So, Kasper Hjulmand’s men will eye another victory against the men in blue.
Injuries to several key players severely hampered France’s build-up to the World Cup.
Lucas Hernandez became the latest French player who had to drop out of the World Cup because of injury. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the France-Australia game and is looking at an injury layoff of nine to twelve months.
Kingsley Coman was not on the France bench as he struggled with a hip issue. Coman might miss out again.
Raphaël Varane was on the bench against Australia and might start against Denmark. He could partner with Dayot Upamecano at the core of the French rearguard. In that case, Ibrahima Konaté will drop out of the starting lineup.
Thomas Delaney had to limp off the pitch in the Tunisia game.
After the scan reports came out, the Sevilla midfielder had to withdraw from the Denmark World Cup squad.
Hjulmand might ask Eriksden to drop deeper in the midfield and pair up with Pierre-Emile Kordt Højbjerg. Mikkel Damsgaard or Jesper Lindstrøm might occupy the central attacking midfield position.
Denmark’s recent record against France is excellent, but their lacklustre display against Tunisia does not make us much enthusiastic about the prospects of a Denmark win on Saturday night.
We say France 2-0 Denmark.
Date: November 26
Kickoff Time: 09:30 PM IST
Venue: Stadium 974
WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo performs obscene gestures as fans chant Lionel Messi’s name
During the Saudi Pro League game between Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Nassr skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was seen making obscene gestures towards rival fans. The Shabab fans were chanting Ronaldo’s biggest rival Lionel Messi’s name. Not for the first time though, some Saudi football fans do prefer Messi over the Portuguese player. Meanwhile, during the game on Sunday, the Portugal international crossed all the limits as he made some obscene gestures.
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Al-Shabab fans chanting: “Messi, Messi”
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Talking about the game, the Yellow Brigade, Nassr won against Shabab. Ronaldo gave his team as he made the most of the penalty in the 21st minute of the game. However, in the injury time of the first half, Yannick Carrasco scored an equalizer before going into the break. In the first minute of the second half, Anderson Talisca gave a lead to Nassr. In the 67th minute, Carlos scored the equalizer for Shabab, and the game looked like ending in a tie before Talisca scored the match-winning goal in the 86th minute.
Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid player is set to face disciplinary action. As per the Saudi writer and television host, the disciplinary committee might take action.
“The disciplinary committee is facing the biggest test. We will wait and see. Everything has its limits, no matter how famous you are. This is how the major leagues are” Waleed Al Farraj, a prominent Saudi writer and television host, said on X.
Cristiano Ronaldo faced disciplinary action during his stint with Manchester United
A few months before the FIFA World Cup 2022, he threw a fan’s phone when he was part of the English club, Manchester United. He was banned for a few games which meant that he missed a few games for his current club, Nassr. However, the ban didn’t apply in the World Cup as he was available for selection during the tournament, in which his team lost the Quarterfinal to Morrocco.
Virgil Van Dijk’s late strike in extra time helps Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final
Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in 2024. In a thrilling game which was full of twists and turns, Liverpool managed to beat Chelsea to clinch the cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men were awarded with the winner’s medal as they edged out Chelsea in a low-scoring thriller that went to extra time. The defence of both sides was good to watch.
The match had many edge-of-the-seat moments. In the first half, Liverpool attempted a lot of shots over Chelsea. While some were out of target, some were in the target, but stopped by the goalkeeper. Cody Gakpo was unlucky to find the ball hit the goalpost. The strike of the youngster went in vain as the first half did not witness any goal.
Liverpool’s skipper was brilliant in the game. He martialed his troops well and got the coordination going for a long time. He in fact nearly had a goal in the first half, only to be ruled out by the VAR, which was highly controversial. There is a debate for the legitimacy of the goal which was not given despite the help of the technology. Liverpool did not get carried away with the moment.
Captain brilliant Virgil Van Dijk steps up in crunch moments
Klopp deployed younger players as substitutes in the 2nd half. It helped Liverpool a lot as they were able to not just put pressure on Chelsea but also create a lot of chances. While none of them were converted to goals in the second half, they ensured that Chelsea’s players were in check. At one stage, the absence of Mohammad Salah in the middle was felt.
The match went to the extra time, where things got a bit closer. Chelsea attempted to score goals but ended up giving more advantage to Liverpool. The younger legs marked well and provided good assists to the forwards. The moment came in the 118th minute of the game, when Van Dijk netted the goal and helped Liverpool to win the prestigious title.
Virat Kohli picks his ‘Sporting GOAT’
Virat Kohli was asked to pick his ‘Sporting GOAT’ in a recent interview. The star cricketer was interviewed by Team Blue Rising who asked him to name the greatest sportsperson of all time. “Who is your Sporting GOAT?” asked the host to the star batter. Kohli did not hesitate to take the name of one of the greatest Football players as his pick for the question.
The Indian batter claimed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest Football player of all time. “For me, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Virat in the interview. It came as no surprise to the fans, as Virat has always been a huge admirer of the star Footballer. Even in the past, the 35-year-old has expressed his admiration for the star player from Portugal.
In many instances, the Indian batter has claimed Ronaldo to be his favourite player. Ronaldo has been one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Many claim him to be arguably the greatest Sportsperson of all time. Virat has joined the list of those to claim him to be the greatest athlete in the sports world. Ronaldo has some records to back his claim for the title.
Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli
The Portuguese Footballer has the greatest number of goals for an international team. He also has the greatest number of international caps for a player. The star player is the only player to win four major cups with two different clubs. He did it with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Cristiano has the second most number of Ballon d’Or titles (Five) after Lionel Messi.
Virat, on the other hand, is a great cricketer. He has the greatest number of hundreds for a batter in ODIs. Virat has the greatest number of hundreds in ODIs while chasing. He is also the highest run scorer for India in T20Is. Kohli has the most runs for a batter in the IPL. He has the greatest number of POTT awards for a player in the T20 WC and the ODI WC.
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