Euro-chapuza from France –

An embarrassment, a purge, a botch is the Euro Cup that France has perpetrated during the group stage. A flat team, with shortcomings, subjecting everything to the inspiration of Mbappé and that was not able to defeat a combative Poland1-1, finishing second in a tournament in which they have only scored one goal from a penalty, from Mbappé, and another from their own goal, in the opening match against Austria. The tricolor will be in the Spain team, with whom it could face in a hypothetical semifinals.

There was no suspense, this time, with the France eleven. Mbappé, starter, but Deschamps surprised with the substitution of Griezmann, a priori due to rest, after two games in which he showed physical fatigue. The young Barcola, who just a year and a half ago no one knew him in French football, now established in PSG, was making his starting debut in a European Championship.

If this France has something, it is that it does not know how to lie. Everything you see on the field is not a surprise to anyone. Perhaps those who see it for the first time will be upset, because It is difficult to generate so little with so much, but his first half against Poland did not disappoint.

A team with Dembélé, Mbappé, Barcola, Kanté, Tchouaméni, among others, went to half-time tied at zero against Poland. Once the Polish team had been eliminated, he set out, under stifling, even infernal heat, to trying to scare France, inoperative and paralyzed as if it had already done its homework.

Not even the change of Barcola for Griezmann gave more substance to this France, accustomed to very low rhythms with the ball and waiting for individual inspiration from a forward. Mbappé did not stop trying, he even resurrected before the break, but the problem remained that there was not a single automatismnot a movement, not a break that would enhance the brand new signing of Real Madrid.

Poland, which was not willing to make concessions, warned France. He already did it with a shot from Zielinski at the start of the game, but the real scare, which shrank the hearts of the French, was a header from Lewandowski, from point-blank range, one of those that never fails, which licked the post.

The only rebel in Dortmund was Mbappé, who saw the situation and wanted to revolt against the purge that was happening on the French side. Two combinations with Barcola left him alone against the goalkeeper, but his bad luck, or rather the success of the unexpected Skorupis, prevented him from making his debut in the Euro Cup in the first half.

The eagerness with which Kylian Mbappé searched for his goal was shocking. As soon as he came out of the locker room, the captain of the French team tried hard and furiously to break his spell in the Euro Cup. Skorupsi, transformed into Neuer, spit a great shot of his on the left and then, on the next play, his shot at the long post, also on the left, grazed the post.

The goal didn’t take long to arrive. Dembélé, who was playing a game to forget, confronted Kiwior and caused a penalty that tasted like glory for France. Mbappé, this time, with the calm of a sniper, did not forgive from eleven meters. His first goal in the Euro Cup in six gamesdata that does not correspond to a player of his lineage.

France’s luck is not eternal, not even in the days when it seems that any extreme situation falls on its side. The world runner-up, despite the entry of Griezmann, Camavinga and Giroud, began to retreat little by little and Poland detected that relaxation. An absurd penalty by Upamecano, called in the second instance by the referee after not calling it in the first instance, set off alarm bells in France, despite the fact that another amulet, Maignan, repelled Lewandowski’s maximum penalty. The Bayern centre-back, to make matters worse, entered the area earlier and the penalty was repeated. The second time was the charm for the Barcelona forward. A tie that consummates French embarrassment, which finishes second in the group.

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Antoine Griezmann (60′, N’Golo Kanté), Olivier Giroud (60′, Bradley Barcola), Eduardo Camavinga (60′, Adrien Rabiot), Michal Skóras (67′, Nicola Zalewski), Karol Swiderski (67′, Sebastian Szymanski), Youssouf Fofana (80′, Aurélien Tchouaméni), Randal Kolo Muani (85′, Ousmane Dembélé)


1-0, 55′: Kylian Mbappe1-1, 78′: Lewandowski


Referee: Marco Guida
VAR referee: Massimiliano Irrati, Catalin Popa
Nicola Zalewski (23′, Yellow), Rabiot (42′, Yellow), Dawidowicz (88′, Yellow), Swiderski (91′, Yellow)

Group D P.T. P.J. P.G. PE PP
1 6 3 2 0 1
2 5 3 1 2 0
3 4 3 1 1 1
4 1 3 0 1 2
Group D P.T. P.J. P.G. PE PP
1 6 3 2 0 1
2 5 3 1 2 0
3 4 3 1 1 1
4 1 3 0 1 2
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