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        The tournament's first nil-nil game...

        Goalless between Netherlands and France

        2024/06/21 22:06

        The Netherlands and France played out EURO 2024's first goalless draw which means that Poland also became the first team eliminated from the tournament.

        Action: France were without Kylian Mbappé after his broken nose with the forward beginning the game on the bench although Mbappé's soon-to-be club teammate Aurélien Tchouaméni did return. Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman brought Jeremie Frimpong in for Joey Veerman.

        Frimpong almost made the best possible start to justify his manager's selection as he burst through on goal but saw his effort saved by Mike Maignan.

        Had Mbappé been playing then you would expect that France would have taken the lead at some point in the first half with Antoine Griezmann's finishing boots deserting him.

        The best chance of the first half for the French came early on when Adrien Rabiot found himself yards from goal and elected to pass sideways to Griezmann instead of taking the shot on himself. The Atlético man couldn't get his position right for the pass and missed his kick when you would expect him to find the net.

        Then just seconds later Griezmann had another chance as he found space in the area to shoot but saw his effort fizz wide.

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        Overall, this felt like a game between two sides who were hoping to leave some gas in the tank for later on in the tournament although the entertainment did pick up for the second period.

        Tchouaméni had a good chance with just over an hour gone in the game when he met Jules Koundé's cross but saw his header fly just over the bar.

        Just a few minutes later, France cut the Dutch defence apart with a lovely flowing move that eventually found its way to Griezmann who once again didn't have luck on his side as he attempted to finish.

        Another player who didn't have luck on his side was Xavi Simons when he briefly thought he had given the Netherlands the lead in the 69th minute.

        Memphis Depay had a shot saved by Maignan which Xavi Simons instinctively diverted into the corner on the rebound.

        However, the flag went up because Denzel Dumfries stood to the side of Maignan in an offside position. The assistant referee's justification likely being that Dumfries' presence prevented Maignan from diving for the ball although the goalkeeper would have been unlikely to have stopped it regardless.

        VAR took a look at it, which led to referee Anthony Taylor waiting for two minutes listening to his earpiece before the on-field decision was validated and the goal was disallowed.

        It may be a technically correct call but it felt harsh on the midfielder who was replaced by Koeman immediately afterwards.

        With time running out Didier Deschamps elected to bring on Oliver Giroud and potentially save his star player for Tuesday's game against Poland.

        Man of the Match: Despite a strange decision to square the ball to Griezmann, Adrien Rabiot was a classy presence in the midfield finishing the game with an impressive 97% pass success rate.

        Big Picture: Both of these teams are now on four points, one ahead of Austria. The Netherlands will feel aggrieved about the disallowed goal but the draw is a fair result based on the run of play. 

        The result also means that Poland are the first team eliminated from the tournament having lost both of their opening two games.

        xG: Netherlands (0.41) 0-0 (1.58) France

        Stat of the Day: It had been 50 European Championship games since the last goalless draw which was between England and Scotland at EURO 2020.





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        2024-06-21 23h39m by a_12_shawcross
        As a football fan of the Netherlands, I think the game was a bit lackluster. But props to Frimpong for almost making us eat our words. France definitely missed Mbappe, but Griezmann's poor finishing didn't help them either.
        2024-06-21 23h20m by banderson1976
        As a football fan supporting France, I'm disappointed with the goalless draw against Netherlands. Mbappé's absence definitely affected our attacking game. Frimpong's chance was promising, but Maignan's save denied us the lead. Griezmann's poor finishing also didn't help.
        2024-06-21 22h41m by nlawson12
        As a fan of France, I'm disappointed with the result but grateful for the effort from our players. It was a tough match without Mbappé but Frimpong proved to be a good choice. Griezmann's missed opportunities were frustrating but overall, we played well.
        2024-06-21 22h19m by jwhiteheadbarnes
        As a football fan, I must say that I'm disappointed with France's performance. Without Mbappé, they lacked that extra spark in front of goal and Griezmann's finishing was quite off. Frimpong did well for Netherlands but it's a shame that Poland is the first team to be eliminated from EURO 2024. Hope to see a more exciting game from France in the next match.
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