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Mbappe brings France close to tickets to Euro

Published:2023-09-08 By Thanh Quý(MetaSports) Comments
France Kylian Mbappe put his mark on both goals as France beat Ireland 2-0, keeping a winning streak through five rounds of Group B qualifying for Euro 2024.

* Score: Tchouameni 19', Thuram 48'

France did not face too many difficulties at home at Parc des Princes. With mobility, Mbappe and his teammates dominated from the beginning. They controlled the ball 63% and finished 15 times. Meanwhile, Ireland only finished three times.

Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu blocked Adrien Rabiot's long shot in the third minute, but had to give in to the next long shot in the 19th minute. After playing with two Irish defenders in the penalty area, Mbappe passed back for Tchouameni to score. magnetic field 25 m. The shot sent the ball through the defense and into the far corner of the goal.

After the first goal, France continued to dominate without forcing too much. In the 39th minute, Mbappe almost got his own table. The captain striker put the ball into the Irish net, but the referee refused to recognize it because Marcus Thuram was offside.

After the halftime break, it took Thuram just three minutes to redeem himself. From the situation where Mbappe kicked defender John Egan, the Inter Milan striker turned around and shot from six meters to seal a 2-0 victory.

Thuram scored his first goal for France in 11 caps, and scored in front of the legendary father, former defender Lilian Thuram. During her time at the top, Lilian Thuram was the mainstay of the Cannon team that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

Ireland only has one chance. However, Chiedozie Ogbene failed to beat goalkeeper Mike Maignan. In the last 30 minutes, France almost played only on the away team's field. The score could have been higher had Tchouameni's other long-range shot in the 67th minute, Ousmane Dembele's narrow corner off the post in 72nd minute and Thuram's header in 90+4 minutes.

After the victory on the evening of September 7, France continued to lead Group B of the Euro 2024 qualifying round with 15 absolute points. They are nine points ahead of the two teams ranked right behind, the Netherlands and Greece. France can win tickets to the final round in the next match, when as a guest in the Netherlands on October 13. Meanwhile, Ireland only has three points. Gibraltar is at the bottom of the table and has no points yet.

On September 12, France will go to Germany to play a friendly against next year's Euro hosts. Meanwhile, the remaining four teams of Group B, the Netherlands, Greece, Ireland and Gibraltar, will play each other.

Each Euro qualifying group takes the top two teams to the final round. The final round includes 24 teams, taking place from June 14 to July 14 in 10 German cities.

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