Euro 2024 Qualifiers Review: Mbappe leads France to a narrow victory as he sets new record

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Euro 2024 Qualifiers Review: France went head-to-head with Greece in a tight encounter with Les Bleus emerging as winners

France won 1-0 at home against Greece in Group B, extending their unbeaten streak in the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. The striker Kylian Mbappe once again left his mark on history during the game by breaking Just Fontaine’s record for most goals scored by a Frenchman in a season, which had stood since 1957–1958.

France won thanks to Mbappe’s second-half penalty, while Greece finished the match with 10 men after a late dismissal. The outcome maintains France’s unblemished 12-point record at the top of Group B.

In addition to giving France the win, Kylian Mbappe’s penalty kick goal was a key turning point in his professional career. With the goal, he broke Just Fontaine’s 1957–1958 season record of 53 goals for the most goals scored in a season in France.

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The extraordinary accomplishment of Mbappe demonstrates his tremendous talent and ability to score goals at the club and international levels. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been in terrific form this season; from leading France to the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals where he won the golden boot with 9 goals, and the winning the top scorer and MVP in the Ligue 1.

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Euro 2024 Qualifiers Review: Greece gave France a tough game

Les Bleus are comfortably in first place in Group B with 12 points after four games, six points clear of second-place Greece. In addition to their unbeaten winning streak, France has a remarkable defensive record, having maintained clean sheets in each of their four qualifying games.

Konstantinos Mavropanos’ dismissal in the 69th minute left Greece with 10 men, but they still put up a valiant battle against the superior French team. The French attacking three of Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Kingsley Coman were restrained by the Greek squad, which is presently in second position in Group B. The Greek team also shown grit and defensive endurance throughout the game. Mbappe’s penalty, which turned out to be the game’s deciding moment, forced Greece to give up in the end.

Following their victory against Greece, France is now focused on their forthcoming encounter on September 7th against third-placed Ireland. In the Euro 2024 qualifying matches, the French squad will try to keep up its winning run and retain its current momentum. Greece’s next qualifying match is against the Netherlands, who are presently in fourth position in Group B.

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