France 1-2 Denmark: Andreas Cornelius scores twice in comeback win in Paris

Andreas Cornelius
Andreas Cornelius showed good strength to hold off William Saliba and hammer in Denmark’s winner

Denmark substitute Andreas Cornelius scored twice as they came from behind to beat holders France in the Nations League at the Stade de France.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring with a stunning effort, cutting in from the right wing before dummying his way past three defenders and slotting in.

Cornelius volleyed in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s ball over the top to level.

And the 60th-minute substitute won the game when he ran on to a long ball before firing in from a tight angle.

It was the first time the former Cardiff striker has scored twice in an international game.

Both sides had several chances in a lively opening game to group A1. In the first half Denmark’s Joakim Maehle hit the outside of the post and Benzema had a goal disallowed for offside.

In between Cornelius’ two goals, France’s N’Golo Kante crashed a shot off the post and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen forced a save from Hugo Lloris.

On a bad night for the defending champions, France lost Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United defender Raphael Varane to injury.

France boss Didier Deschamps missed the game following the death of his father during the week.

The first game at the Stade de France since the controversial Champions League final between Benzema’s Real Madrid and Liverpool thankfully passed without an off-field incident.

Liverpool fans described heavy-handed policing, organizational chaos and overcrowding last Saturday – with Uefa apologizing to fans caught up in the trouble.

Ralf Rangnick’s Austria lead Group A1 after beating Croatia 3-0 in the other game.

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema has scored 10 goals in 14 games for France after returning to the international fold last year

Line-ups

France

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1cry
  • 5KoundéSubstituted forDevilat 90+2′minutes
  • 4VaranaSubstituted forsalibaat 61′minutes
  • twenty-oneHernandez
  • eleveneatSubstituted forClaussat 90+2′minutes
  • 13Kante
  • 8Tchouameni
  • 22Hernandez
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forRabiotat 78′minutes
  • 19Benzema
  • 10MbappeSubstituted fornkunkuat Four. Five’minutes

substitutes

  • twoPavard
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 6Guendouzi
  • 9Ben Yedder
  • 12nkunku
  • 14Rabiot
  • fifteenClauss
  • 16Maignan
  • 17saliba
  • 18worthy
  • twentyDevil
  • 23Areola

denmark

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • twoAndersen
  • 3VestergaardSubstituted forKristensenat 60′minutes
  • 4NelsonBooked at 72mins
  • 18WassSubstituted fordamsgaardat 60′minutes
  • 8DelaneySubstituted forJensenat 85′minutes
  • 23Hojbjerg
  • 5Maehle
  • elevenSkov OlsenSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 84′minutes
  • 10Eriksen
  • 12dolbergSubstituted forCorneliusat 60′minutes

substitutes

  • 6Boilesen
  • 7Jensen
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 13Kristensen
  • 14damsgaard
  • fifteenbilling
  • 16Iversen
  • 17Stryger Larsen
  • 19Skov
  • twentyPoulsen
  • twenty-oneCornelius
  • 22vindahl

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