In a tense Group D clash at the Dusseldorf Arena, Kylian Mbappe’s Euro 2024 campaign took a dramatic turn as France narrowly edged past Austria with a 1-0 victory, marred by a late injury to their star forward.

The match, which marked Mbappe’s first as captain in a major international tournament, saw France struggle to break down a resilient Austrian defense.


The breakthrough came in the second half when an unfortunate own goal by Austrian defender Wober gave Les Bleus the lead they desperately sought.

However, the win was overshadowed by a distressing incident in the 86th minute. Mbappe, who had been a constant threat to the Austrian defense throughout the game, collided with Kevin Danso during a crucial aerial duel.

The collision left Mbappe bleeding from what appeared to be a blow to his nose, requiring immediate medical attention on the field.

Despite efforts to continue playing, Mbappe was eventually substituted in the 90th minute for Olivier Giroud, who was unable to shake off the effects of the injury.

The sight of Mbappe, clutching his face in pain, drew mixed reactions from the crowd, with Austrian fans expressing sympathy for the French striker.

Speaking after the match, Austrian defender Kevin Danso expressed regret over the incident, acknowledging the unintentional nature of the collision that led to Mbappe’s injury.


“I wish him a good recovery, and I hope he can quickly get back on the pitch,” Danso stated, addressing concerns about Mbappe’s well-being.

Mbappe’s injury raises concerns for France as they look ahead to their upcoming fixtures in Group D, particularly their next match against the Netherlands on June 22.

The 23-year-old forward, who was instrumental in France’s World Cup triumph in 2022, had been a key figure in their Euro 2024 campaign prior to this setback.

For Mbappe, this match marked a personal milestone with his 80th appearance for the French national team.

Despite his influential presence on the field, he was unable to add to his goal tally in the Euros, missing a couple of clear-cut chances against Austria before the unfortunate injury.

As both teams reflect on the intensity of their opening fixture, attention now turns to Mbappe’s recovery and his availability for France’s upcoming matches.

The injury casts a shadow over France’s ambitions in Euro 2024, with concerns about their attacking prowess without their talismanic forward.

With the tournament progressing, all eyes will be on Mbappe’s rehabilitation process and France’s ability to maintain momentum in his absence.

As the group stage unfolds, the football world waits anxiously to see if Mbappe will make a swift return to action, eager to witness his magic on the pitch once again.


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