With their victory over Ireland on Thursday, France took a significant step toward qualifying for Euro 2024. The Netherlands and Denmark also picked up significant victories as they look to secure spots at the championships in Germany the following year.
France completely dominated Ireland at the Parc des Princes in Paris during the qualifying round for Group B. Aurelien Tchouameni and Marcus Thuram scored goals on each side of halftime, and France could have added several more goals.
Ousmane Dembele later hit the post for France, whose captain Kylian Mbappe had a goal disallowed for offside, while Olivier Giroud limped off the field in the first half with an ankle injury. France also saw Kylian Mbappe’s goal disallowed for offside.
After five matches in the group, the team that finished in second place at the World Cup the previous year has a perfect score of 15 points and has not allowed a single goal to be scored against them. This puts them in the lead by an enormous nine points over both the Netherlands and Greece.
“This is a really significant advance. Didier Deschamps, the head coach of France’s national football team, stressed that his team would not rest on its laurels despite having a flawless season thus far.
The Dutch team managed by Ronald Koeman defeated Greece 3-0 in Eindhoven. All of the goals were scored in the first half of the match. Greece has only competed in three games.
The first goal was scored by Marten de Roon, Cody Gakpo of Liverpool made it 2-0, and Wout Weghorst scored the third goal with a header 39 minutes into the game.
Because Ireland has only three points after four games, they absolutely have to win their match against the Netherlands at home on Sunday. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the next round of competition, and Ireland is currently in third place.
“At home since the full crowds have been back, the energy of the crowd has been important and we will need that,” Ireland manager Stephen Kenny said regarding that next encounter in Dublin. “We will need that.”
After tonight’s game, there is a lot for us to consider in terms of how we are going to play moving forward.
In other news, Poland prevailed over the Faroe Islands by a score of 2-0 in Warsaw thanks to two late goals from Robert Lewandowski.
The experienced striker for Barcelona scored two goals, the first from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute, and the second seven minutes from the end of the game.
Poland is currently in third place in Group E with six points, trailing group leaders the Czech Republic by two points and Albania by one point. Former Portugal manager Fernando Santos is Poland’s head coach.
In Prague, the match between the Czech Republic and Albania ended with a 1-1 draw.
The wretchedness of Northern Ireland
Late in the game, Finland’s Oliver Antman scored the game’s only goal to give his team a 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan in Group H. This result dashed Kazakhstan’s aspirations of qualifying for its first major tournament.
Finland is in first place in the group with 12 points, two points clear of Denmark and Slovenia, both of whom won on Thursday. Slovenia and Denmark both played on Thursday.
During Denmark’s 4-0 victory over San Marino in Copenhagen, goals were scored by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joakim Maehle, Jonas Wind, and Christian Eriksen. Rasmus Hojlund, a new signing for Manchester United, came off the bench in the second half.
In Ljubljana, Slovenia prevailed over Northern Ireland by a score of 4-2 thanks to two goals scored by Andraz Sporar.
Even though Jonny Evans scored a goal for the Northern Irish, the night was marred by an own goal scored by Evans and a goal scored by Benjamin Sesko of RB Leipzig. Evans did, however, score a goal for the Northern Irish.
The return of Michael O’Neill as manager has not produced the anticipated results for Northern Ireland, as evidenced by the fact that they have lost four of their five games in the group.
After coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 in Belgrade, Hungary is now three points ahead of Serbia at the top of Group G.
Attila Szalai scored an own goal, which gave Serbia the lead, but Barnabas Varga and Willi Orban scored to tie the game and ultimately win it for Hungary.
In the same group, Lithuania and Montenegro played to a tie score of 2-2.