Euro 2024

France scramble past Belguim in Euro 2024 last-16

France clinched a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 with a narrow 1-0 win against Belgium, thanks to Randal Kolo Muani’s late goal.
The match, held at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, United Kingdom, saw France dominating possession but struggling to break down Belgium’s defense.

The decisive moment came in the 85th minute when Kolo Muani’s strike deflected off Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen and past goalkeeper Koen Casteels, securing France’s victory.

Despite their control, France found it challenging to convert opportunities, with notable chances for Marcus Thuram, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Kylian Mbappe, who dazzled with his footwork but lacked precision in finishing.

Belgium had their chances too, with Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne forcing crucial saves from French goalkeeper Mike Maignan. However, it was the scrappy, deflected goal that ultimately sent France through to the next stage.

France will face the winner of the Portugal vs. Slovenia match in the quarter-finals in Hamburg on Friday, with kick-off at 8 PM. The win marks a significant step for Didier Deschamps’ side as they continue their Euro 2024 campaign.

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