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Netherlands 0-0 France: Goalless Draw in Tense Euro 2024 Match

Netherlands 0-0 France: Goalless Draw in Tense Euro 2024 Match

In a high-stakes Euro 2024 Group D fixture, the Netherlands and France played out a 0-0 draw, marking the first goalless game of the tournament. Both teams were cautious, neither willing to risk losing, and as a result, the match ended in a stalemate.

France, missing star player Kylian Mbappe due to a nose injury, had several opportunities but failed to convert. Antoine Griezmann missed key chances, and despite controlling possession, the French couldn’t find the net.

The Netherlands also had their moments, particularly when Xavi Simons thought he had scored in the 70th minute. However, VAR ruled the goal out, citing Denzel Dumfries for obstructing the French goalkeeper from an offside position.

Despite the draw, both teams are in a strong position with four points each, virtually securing their progression to the knockout stages. Poland is confirmed as the first team eliminated from Euro 2024, while the final group games will determine whether Austria, France, or the Netherlands top Group D.

Key Talking Point: France Without Mbappe

France struggled to create clear chances without their talisman Mbappe, raising questions about their threat level in the tournament without him. The match might have exposed some weaknesses in the French team, although both sides seemed content with a result that ensures their advancement.

Player of the Match: Dayot Upamecano (France)

In a game lacking in offensive quality, Dayot Upamecano stood out defensively for France. He handled the Dutch attackers well, particularly Memphis Depay, Xavi Simons, and Jeremie Frimpong, limiting their chances and keeping the game goalless.

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