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Euro Cup: France was much more than the Netherlands, but the VAR saved it

Euro Cup: France was much more than the Netherlands, but the VAR saved it
Euro Cup: France was much more than the Netherlands, but the VAR saved it

France accused the absence of his star Kylian Mbappé and did not go beyond a goalless draw against Netherlands in the star game of a Friday that meant goodbye to the Euro Cup of Robert Lewandowski’s Poland.

After their 0-0 draw in Leipzig, the first without goals in this Euro Cup, the French and the Dutch share the leadership of group D, in which Austria won in full to qualify for the round of 16, at least as the best third in the group , after their victory against Poland (3-1), which was eliminated.

The French coach, Didier Deschamps, did not want to risk and left Mbappé on the bench for the entire match, who broke his nose on Monday in the debut against Austria, which ended with a victory for the Blues (1-0).

All eyes in Leipzig were on the bench, from where the brand new Real Madrid player watched the match.

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Mbappé’s loss was noticeable for the Blues, who generated multiple chances, but were unable to defeat rival goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen.

It was an even match in which France’s physical potential allowed them to end up dominating Ronald Koeman’s pragmatic team, which competed on an equal footing with the world runner-up.

The only goal of the match was scored by the Dutch thanks to a shot from their promise Xavi Simons (69), but the referee annulled it due to offside by his teammate Dumfries after a VAR review.

With this goalless draw, France and the Netherlands will have to wait for the third matchday to seal their qualification for the round of 16, although they have a foot and a half in that phase.

More than in their results, the French will have to improve in the game and especially in their offensive efficiency after having scored only one goal in the first two games.

Although it maintains its status as favorite, France has not dazzled at the start of the tournament like Spain and Germany have, which have already qualified for the round of 16.

Deschamps’ men will play on matchday three against an eliminated Poland, while Koeman’s men will face Austria.

The Poles can now pack their bags after being mathematically eliminated after being overtaken by Austria in Berlin.

Poland star Robert Lewandowski entered the game as a substitute with half an hour left in the match, when the score read 1-1.

But the Barcelona striker, far from being the hero of his team, was a privileged witness to its collapse, after the goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Marko Arnautovic from a penalty.

Austria, which started the Euro Cup by standing up to France despite the defeat (1-0), revived its chances of reaching the round of 16.

Ukraine also revived its chances after coming back 2-1 against Slovakia in Düsseldorf.

A goal from Ivan Schranz gave Slovakia an early lead, but in the second half Shaparenko (54) and Roman Yaremchuk (90+1) turned the result around.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Andreiy Lunin, who was singled out during the 3-0 defeat against Romania and who paid for his mistakes in that match with the substitution, was not on the field, being replaced by Anatoliy Turbin, goalkeeper of Portuguese Benfica.

In the absence of Belgium-Romania that will complete group E on Saturday, there is a three-way tie at the top, with Ukraine, Slovakia and Romania tied with three points, while the Belgians are forced to add points against the Romanians.

The Belgian team will have to avoid defeat if it does not want to join Poland on the list of teams eliminated prematurely.

Source: Ambito

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