The Danes stun the World Cup champions at the Stade de France as a brace from Cornelius Benzema equalized

WORLD CUP holders France were stunned at the Stade de France – losing 2-1 to brave Denmark in the Nations League.

Supersub Andreas Cornelius fired a brace to shock the hosts – who, despite dominant possession, failed to score against the spirited visitors.

Andreas Cornelius volleys past Hugo Lloris into the France goal

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Andreas Cornelius volleys past Hugo Lloris into the France goalPhoto credit: Rex
France striker Karim Benzema celebrates after putting Les Bleus ahead

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France striker Karim Benzema celebrates after putting Les Bleus aheadPhoto credit: AFP
Cornelius scored twice to sink the hearts of the French at the Stade de France

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Cornelius scored twice to sink the hearts of the French at the Stade de FranceCredit: AP

After a slow start, Les Bleus threatened Karim Benzema – who saw a shot blocked.

Kylian Mbappe then fed Benzema, who came home, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside after a VAR call.

The French dominated possession in the early stages – dominating 62 per cent of the ball in the first 25 minutes – but met a stubborn opponent from Denmark.

And when Mbappe found a way in the 31st minute he was slowed down by Kasper Schmeichel who quickly came out to save.

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Just before the break, France lost the PSG striker to a harmless injury as he appeared to crack his knee while passing out.

Christopher Nkunku replaced Mbappe after the break and France started the second half more threateningly.

Schmeichel was the hero again – he kept Benzema away with another superb save in the 48th minute.

The Danes’ resistance was broken in the 51st minute when Nkunku and Benzema produced a brilliant combination inside the box, allowing the Real Madrid star to smash past the opposition defense before turning the ball home.

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After the goal, France pushed forward and continued to dominate possession. A second goal, however, allowed them to keep playing.

And they lost Man Utd defender Raphael Varane to injury in the 62nd minute – who was replaced by Arsenal outsider William Saliba.

That seemed to spur Denmark on – and 20 minutes from time substitute Andreas Cornelius equalized.

The goal brought the game to a frantic end – both sides wanted to win it.

Christian Eriksen seemed able to create something from scratch for the visitors.

While Nkunku gave France a different offensive dimension in the second half.

In the 82nd minute, the RB Leipzig sensation thought he had won the game, but his shot just went wide of the post.

He then forced a save from Schmeichel two minutes later – with the Danes failing to handle Man Utd’s goal.

Amazingly, however, it was Denmark who would win.

In the 89th minute, Cornelius shot clean and slipped calmly past Lloris – with VAR regulation the goal was on the side.

It was the least Denmark deserved to hold out and play a game against their illustrious opponents.

However, Didier Deschamps will wonder why his side couldn’t score more goals despite dominating the ball throughout.

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