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Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the second half against Denmark to put France through to the round of 16(AP)

So the Socceroos did their part with their win earlier in the evening – but the other big result in Group D came less than an hour ago, as France took on Denmark at Stadium 974.

The Danes came into the game on one point after their opening draw with Tunisia, but the Australian win meant a result was vital to maintain pole position for a spot in the round of 16.

Unfortunately Denmark ran into Les Bleus’ star striker Kylian Mbappe, who is showing he is a decent chance at the Golden Boot for top scorer at the World Cup.

After a slightly cagey first half, where France dominated proceedings but could not find a way to goal, things started to happen in the second 45.

It took until the 61st minute to break down a stubborn Danish defence, but then the French went virtually end-to-end with a brilliant breakaway, ending with Mbappe firing a shot past Kasper Schmeichel to give his team the lead.

To Denmark’s credit, they hit back quickly – France held the lead for just six minutes, 55 seconds before Andreas Christensen stole in behind the defence and headed the ball home to equalise.

The game looked like there was still a goal (goals) there, but it was in the 86th minute when who else but Mbappe finished the scoring – a great cross from Antoine Griezmann was met at the far post to beat Schmeichel for the winner.

Mbappe has now scored 14 goals in his last 12 internationals, and his brace not only got the win for France but it clinched a spot in the last 16 with a game to go.

It’s win or go home now for Denmark, who have to beat the Socceroos to advance.



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