With a historic 14-0 victory, France overwhelmed Gibraltar in a thrilling Euro 2024 qualifying encounter. The French team showed off their skill in front of goal, showing no compassion even though they had already booked their place in the Germany event.
Kylian Mbappe’s incredible hat-trick, which included an incredible 40-yard strike, stole the stage. The 17-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery, who became France’s youngest player since 1914, was also the center of attention. Zaire-Emery scored in his first-ever goal, but he was sadly had to leave the game because of an injury.
The early minutes witnessed own goals, with Ethan Santos diverting a cross into his net, and Marcus Thuram quickly doubling the lead. Gibraltar’s woes deepened as Santos received a red card in the 18th minute. Mbappe capitalized on the advantage, converting a penalty to make it 4-0.
France showcased their attacking depth with goals from Clauss, Coman, and Fofana, leading to a staggering 7-0 halftime lead. Adrien Rabiot added an eighth in the 63rd minute, while Coman, Dembele, and Mbappe continued the onslaught. Notably, Mbappe’s 40-yard wonder goal left spectators in awe.
Amidst the goal fest, Olivier Giroud, introduced as a substitute, made a significant impact by scoring two quick goals towards the end. Giroud’s clinical display emphasized his enduring value as one of France’s top attackers.
The match highlighted France’s dominance, amassing 39 shots on goal while Gibraltar failed to register any. Giroud’s contribution reinforced his enduring prowess, proving that even as a substitute, he remains a vital asset in France’s attacking arsenal. The resounding win not only secured France’s qualification but also underscored the enduring brilliance of seasoned players like Giroud in the national squad.