Mbappé’s Vengeance Leads France to Euro Qualification Against the Netherlands 🏆🇫🇷

October 13, 2023

In a high-voltage clash at Johan Cruijff Arena, France’s star Kylian Mbappé retaliated against Ronald Koeman, the Dutch coach, ensuring Les Bleus a coveted ticket to Euro 2024.

First Half: Mbappé Breaks the Ice⚽️

France edged out their hosts, the Netherlands, with a 2-1 victory. Mbappé showcased his excellence by netting two crucial goals in the 7th and 53rd minutes, whereas Hartman managed to salvage a single goal for the Dutch side in the 84th minute.

With this triumphant win, the French national team soared to the top of Group Two, boasting an impressive 18 points, marking a perfect record with six consecutive wins.

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Netherland’s defender Lutsharel Geertruida (L) fights for the ball with France’s forward Kylian Mbappé (R) during the Euro 2024 qualifying football match between the Netherlands and France at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on October 13, 2023. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

The Dutch Standings and Their Uphill Battle 📉

Conversely, the Netherlands found themselves frozen at 9 points from 5 matches, settling in the third spot. The Greeks, who are trailing by 3 points, are in second place with 12 points from 6 matches.

Before the face-off, Koeman had hinted at the gap between the two teams, alluding to Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-1 defeat against Newcastle in the Champions League, in which Mbappé participated. However, the French sensation responded fiercely, breaking his goal drought, which lasted four matches with PSG over 24 days, with an early strike in the 7th minute.

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Injury Woes and a Change in Tactics for the Dutch 🤕

To further intensify the home team’s predicament, they suffered an injury to their main striker, Wout Weghorst. This compelled Koeman to substitute him in the 38th minute, introducing Donyell Malen.

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Second Half Drama Unfolds 🍿

The narrative of dominance continued in the latter half, with France strengthening their position courtesy of another spectacular strike from Mbappé. The Dutch side’s brief glimmer of hope – a goal by Malen – was thwarted due to an offside call.

In a desperate attempt to salvage the match, the Netherlands launched aggressive attacks. Malen, with a near-miss close to the post, was followed by Hartman’s successful effort, slicing through the French defense. Sensing the impending threat, a magnificent shot by Mbappé met the crossbar.

In the tension-filled five minutes of added time, Bergwijn squandered an opportunity to level the scores for the Dutch, while Giroud nearly added a third for the French side. As the final whistle echoed, it marked the French’s victory and their qualification for Euro 2024.

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