Euro 2024. France – Poland: Held in check by Poland (1-1), the Blues must settle for 2nd place in Group D

Euro 2024. France – Poland: Held in check by Poland (1-1), the Blues must settle for 2nd place in Group D
Euro 2024. France – Poland: Held in check by Poland (1-1), the Blues must settle for 2nd place in Group D

Despite the clear French domination, this meeting against the already eliminated Poles did not allow Didier Deschamps’ players to break free offensively. A black mask on his face, Mbappé, hit in the nose against Austria and who had not returned to the field against the Netherlands, for a long time clashed like his teammates with a great Lukasz Skorupski, intractable in the Polish cages.

Seconds in group D

It took a penalty for a gross foul on Dembélé for the future Real Madrid player to unlock his counter, taking – finally – by default Skorupski, beaten on the wrong foot (56th). In vain: Lewandowski, also from the penalty spot, brought the Poles back to equality (79th). Second in Group D behind Austria, the French will have to be much more inspired in the round of 16, where they will face the second of a particularly indecisive Group E, with four teams all tied with 3 points before the last day (Belgium , Romania, Slovakia or Ukraine).

However, the Blues started this meeting well, multiplying the opportunities, without managing to make them come true. A first strike from Théo Hernandez, after an overflow from Dembélé, failed to deceive Skorupski (11th); a few minutes later, Dembélé, served by a still hyperactive N’Golo Kanté, in turn failed to beat the Bologna goalkeeper (19th).

Mbappé himself struggled for a long time against Skorupski (42nd, 45th, 49th, 75th), when his attempts did not fail to find the target. The scenario could even have taken a completely different turn at the break if Lewandoswki, isolated at the penalty spot, had been more precise with his head (34th), or if Maignan had not been attentive to the few Polish chances .

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