Karim Benzema’s opening strike wasn’t enough for France as Denmark came from behind to beat the World Cup and Nations League holders 2-1 on Friday night.
Neither team was able to score in the first half, with the Real Madrid striker getting the closest. Kylian Mbappe, who had to leave at halftime due to a left knee injury, combined effectively with Benzema, who shot home only to have the goal called out for offside.
France ultimately took the lead in the 51st minute, with Mbappe’s replacement, Christopher Nkunku, playing an important role. To the joy of the home crowd, an improvised flick from the Leipzig striker found Benzema, who calmly tapped past Kasper Schmeichel.
The lead didn’t last long however. Denmark‘s press resulted in a French mistake on the left flank, and second half substitute Andreas Cornelius fired home to level the score.
With the match seemingly headed for a draw, Denmark managed to cap off their night with a stunning winner in the 88th minute.
Cornelius was found by Joakim Maehle with a hopeful pass, and the attacker held off a William Saliba push before blasting a thunderous shot past Hugo Lloris.
It proved to be the winner, with Denmark kicking off their National League season with a resounding victory at the Stade de France.