Euro 2024

Euro 2024: Mbappe-less France share spoils with Netherlands

The absence of Kylian Mbappe loomed large in a contentious encounter as the Netherlands and France played out a goalless draw in Group D at Leipzig, where an offside controversy stole the spotlight.

Xavi Simons appeared to have broken the deadlock late in the game for the Netherlands, only for the celebrations to be cut short by a raised flag. Referee Anthony Taylor, with confirmation from VAR Stuart Attwell, disallowed the goal, deeming Denzel Dumfries’ influence on the play as pivotal.

The decision sparked heated debate as replays suggested Simons’ shot into the bottom corner left goalkeeper Mike Maignan rooted to the spot.

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Nonetheless, English officials stood firm on their ruling, ensuring the much-anticipated clash concluded in a scoreless stalemate.

Didier Deschamps’ side dominated proceedings in Mbappe’s absence, with Antoine Griezmann coming closest to breaking the deadlock but failing to find the finishing touch. Despite their efforts, France had to settle for a draw, leaving the Netherlands atop Group D on goal difference ahead of Les Bleus.

Earlier in the day, Austria’s 3-1 victory over Poland meant Poland became the first team to be eliminated from Euro 2024 due to the result, highlighting the significance of the Netherlands-France deadlock in shaping the group standings.

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