In a thrilling encounter at the UEFA European Championship, France’s Kylian Mbappe scored his first-ever Euros goal while wearing a protective mask, but it was not enough to secure a victory as France were held to a 1-1 draw by an already-eliminated Poland.

The result saw France finish second in Group D, missing out on the top spot, which was claimed by Austria following their stunning 3-2 victory over the Netherlands.


France entered the match knowing that only a win would guarantee them the top spot in the group. However, despite Mbappe’s historic goal, a late penalty from Robert Lewandowski ensured that Poland walked away with a point.

Mbappe, who recently returned to the starting lineup after suffering a broken nose, donned a protective mask and ended his wait for a goal at the European Championships.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward gave France the lead 11 minutes into the second half after Ousmane Dembele was brought down in the penalty area by Polish defender Jakub Kiwior. Mbappe coolly converted the spot-kick, sending the French fans into a frenzy.

Despite taking the lead, France seemed to lose momentum as the game progressed. Poland, with nothing but pride to play for, began to assert themselves.

Their persistence paid off in the 79th minute when Dayot Upamecano committed a clumsy challenge inside the box, gifting Poland a penalty. Lewandowski, Poland’s talisman and captain, stepped up to take the crucial spot-kick.

France’s goalkeeper, Mike Maignan, initially appeared to be the hero, saving Lewandowski’s effort. However, the joy was short-lived as the referee ordered the penalty to be retaken due to Maignan encroaching off his line.


Lewandowski made no mistake on his second attempt, slotting the ball into the corner and leveling the score. This goal marked Lewandowski’s fourth at a European Championship, placing him alongside football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric.

The draw meant France finished second in Group D, setting up a potentially challenging knockout stage. They will now face the runner-up from Group E, with the likes of Portugal, Spain, and Germany lurking in the same half of the draw.

This presents a daunting path for Didier Deschamps’ men as they aim to secure another European crown.

Austria’s unexpected triumph over the Netherlands added another twist to the group’s final standings. Ralf Rangnick’s side delivered a fantastic performance to secure a 3-2 victory, thus topping the group and relegating the Dutch to third place.

Mbappe’s return and subsequent goal were positives for France, but the defensive lapse that led to Poland’s equalizer highlighted areas needing improvement.

Deschamps will undoubtedly be analyzing the performance closely as France prepare for the knockout stages. As the competition progresses, France must find a way to maintain their intensity throughout the full 90 minutes.

The draw against Poland serves as a reminder that even the most talented teams can falter if they lose focus. The stage is now set for an intriguing round of 16 match-up, with France hoping to navigate a tricky draw and reaffirm their status as one of the tournament favorites. Meanwhile,

Poland bows out of the competition with their heads held high, having secured a memorable draw against the reigning world champions.


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