tough victory for France in opposition to Austria, damaged nostril for Mbappé | EUROtoday

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IThey bled, they suffered however they gained! The Blues gained their first match of Euro 2024 in opposition to Austria, Monday night in Düsseldorf (1-0), with a fortunate objective scored in opposition to his camp by Wöber. But the battle, as bitter as a Napoleonic marketing campaign, will go away its mark, with a damaged nostril for Kylian Mbappé, injured throughout a conflict with Lensois Kevin Danso. The French striker ought to, nonetheless, finally escape an operation and will have the ability to proceed the competitors with a masks.

The future quantity 9 of Real Madrid had an advanced night. Ideally launched right into a counter-attack on the left aspect by a laser move from Rabiot, Kylian Mbappé selected to shoot arduous on the close to publish and located the agency hand of Austrian goalkeeper Pentz (eighth). The French striker misses once more on the finish of the primary interval, and particularly initially of the second: ranging from his midfield, he rushes previous Maximilian Wöber however rolls his shot too far, alone in entrance of the goalkeeper. Fortunately for France, Wöber, all the time him, had the nice thought to go a cross from the appropriate from Kylian Mbappé into his personal objective earlier than the break.

Mike Maignan the guardian angel

If France pockets the three factors, it owes loads to its goalkeeper Mike Maignan, writer of two decisive saves: with the appropriate foot on a strike from Baumgartner, magnificently offset within the space by a deflection from Sabitzer (thirty fifth), then leaving at full velocity into the toes of the identical Baumgartner, launched in depth after a prison lack of ball from Hernandez (78th). At 33, the returning N'Golo Kanté additionally saved the homeland with an unimaginable return to recuperate the ball as Wimmer raced to objective (86th). Elected man of the match, Kanté reassured, as did Adrien Rabiot.

READ ALSO Euro 2024: Mbappé or Griezmann, who’s the true boss of the Blues? This Austrian staff was introduced as one of many potential surprises of the Euro. But the “gegenpressing” so expensive to teach Ralf Rangnick, who asks his troops to press the opposing staff as quickly because the ball is misplaced, has was a trench battle. Results for Austria: 18 fouls, 5 yellow playing cards and generally borderline gestures, like when Wöber, once more, despatched Griezmann into the promoting boards. Blood flows for the primary time, however the French attacker can proceed after receiving remedy.

Kylian Mbappé won’t be so fortunate: hit by Danso's shoulder in an aerial duel, the French striker will get up with a bloody nostril, and the nasal septum, it appears, deviated. When scorching, we first concern disaster. “Apparently, his nose is not good at all,” stated Didier Deschamps on the microphone of TF1. But the primary examinations, on the Düsseldorf hospital, proved reassuring: “it will do, no operation,” assured journalists the president of the Federation, Philippe Diallo. Will the captain of the France staff have the ability to play on Friday in opposition to the Netherlands, the Blues' fundamental opponents on this group D? It is simply too early to say, however we must always escape a cleaning soap opera like for Antoine Dupont through the Rugby World Cup.