Sunday, July 14, 2024

Muani’s late goal helps France beat Belgium 1-0, reach quarterfinals


Share post:


Gelsenkirchen, July 1: Kylian Mbappé and France advanced to the European Championship quarterfinals after Randal Kolo Muani’s deflected shot secured a 1-0 win over Belgium on Monday.
Kolo Muani sent in an effort in the 85th minute that looped up off Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen and over stranded goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
France had missed several chances before that as once again their lack of a cutting edge let them down.
Belgium could even have taken the lead themselves before France’s late goal as Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne charged into space through the middle, but his shot was pushed behind by French goalkeeper Mike Maignan. That had been the below-par Belgians only decent opportunity as France closed out the final few minutes to progress to the last eight.
France will play Portugal or Slovenia in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Mbappé, again wearing a mask to protect his broken nose, had five shots but none were on target in a low-quality match between the teams ranked No. 2 (France) and No. 3 (Belgium) who largely cancelled each other out.
Add a fortunate deflected shot to an own-goal and a penalty — scored by Mbappé — as France’s only goals at Euro 2024.
It will do little to stop the growing dissent of France’s fans who feel more can come from a talented bunch of players headlined by Mbappé, playing on the day he officially became a Real Madrid player.
Mbappé will be playing in his first ever quarterfinal at the European Championship, with France having lost on a penalty shootout to Switzerland in the last 16 at the last tournament in 2021. (Agencies)


Related articles

Watching sports is good for you

Being a sports fan, whether you’re watching top flight football, the Olympic games or your favourite local team,...

Sleep tourism promises the trip of your dreams

Imagine arriving at your hotel after a long flight and being greeted by your own personal sleep butler....

How was popcorn discovered?

You have to wonder how people originally figured out how to eat some foods that are beloved today....

Justice Tashi Rabstan-ko M’laya High Court-ni CJ seoka

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court, Justice Tashi Rabstan-ko Meghalaya High Court-ni Chief Justice seokna bimingko minga-taha. “Justice Tashi Rabstan, Jammu...