2022 FIFA World Cup runners-up France shocked the world of football when they completely demolished Gibraltar with a jaw-dropping score line of 14-0 in the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, smashing the previous record of 13-0 set by Germany in their thrashing over San Marino at San Marino Stadium during the 2008 UEFA Euro Qualifiers. In that 14-0 humiliation versus Gibraltar, France had ten different scorers, including an own goal by San Marino’s Ethan Santos, a hat-trick by captain Kylian Mbappé, a brace each from Kingsley Coman and Olivier Giroud as well as a goal each from Marcus Thuram, Warren Zaïre-Emery, Jonathan Clauss, Youssouf Fofana, Adrien Rabiot and Ousmane Dembélé.
The biggest margin of victory in the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers as well as the history of the qualifying round meant France have collected seven wins in as many matches, and they are only a game away from achieving a perfect record in the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers.
Deschamps: “Not Going to Do Some Tourism (In Greece).”
France head coach Deschamps had this to say during the post-match conference of the Gibraltar match: “Tonight is a perfect evening, except for Warren’s injury. It’s not very serious. The information I have, the exams are reassuring. There is no fracture, but a big sprain. In the preparation, we wanted to win this match in style. Either by doing it well or very well. Already at 11 players it was hard for them, but at 10 it was harder. We knew how to respect the opponent, and 14 goals is not bad.”
The 55-year-old also added: “Through the moves and combinations, I liked the right side. Usually, it’s the left side that is more lively and tonight, it was the opposite. Kingsley (Coman) showed quality in possession and on crosses, Jonathan (Clauss) too. We had to win two points with the two remaining matches, so as not to find ourselves in a situation that we had less control over (in the draw for the finals). We were able to see this during the last Euro where we found ourselves in the same group as Portugal and Germany. It is also about setting higher objectives and not being satisfied with what we have.”
When asked about France’s aspirations against Greece, Deschamps simply mentioned that his squad is “Competitive” and “They always want more”, which means we can expect the same intensity France had in their previous seven games of the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, as mentioned in the French gaffer’s quote of “In Greece, we are not going to do some tourism”.
Didier Deschamps at half-time vs Gibraltar yesterday: “The record victory is 10-0, you could smash it.”
He was absolutely correct. It finished 14-0 to France. ✅🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/HVzPSzQsSE
— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) November 19, 2023
France’s 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers Thus Far (Seven Wins in as Many Games)
Prior to the 14-0 demolition against Gibraltar at Allianz Riviera, France won all six matches of their 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, having overcome teams such as Netherlands (2-1), Republic or Ireland (2-0), Greece (1-0), Gibraltar (3-0), Republic or Ireland (1-0) and Netherlands (4-0). Les Bleus’s perfect record at the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers thus far saw them register a scoring total of 27 goals, and they have only conceded once, becoming the team with the best defensive record among all European countries in this qualifying round.
Deschamps’s side will have one more match remaining in Group B of the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, that is, a clash against Greece at OPAP Arena – Agia Sofia Stadium. It is worth mentioning that France only managed to beat their opponents of this Tuesday’s game thanks to a spot kick by Mbappé and a red card to defender Konstantinos Mavropanos at home.
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Portugal Achieved a Perfect 10 in the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers
Should France be able to beat Greece in enemy territory, they will join Portugal as the only teams to have a perfect record in the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers. Cristiano Ronaldo’s side overcame Iceland 2-0 in their final Matchday of the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, capping off the campaign with 10 wins in as many matches and racking up 36 goals as a result.
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