French Football Frenzy: In an extraordinary European Championship qualifying match, France showcased its football prowess with an unprecedented 14-0 triumph over Gibraltar. The clash, held at the Allianz Riviera in Nice, will be etched in the memories of France fans for its record-breaking nature.
Kylian Mbappé, one of the football world’s brightest stars, delivered a stellar performance, securing a hat trick and spearheading France’s historic victory. The triumph broke all qualifying records, including Germany’s 2006 13-0 win over San Marino. It was the first time a European side scored 14 goals in a World Cup or European Championship qualification match, a historic occasion in football.
The night also saw Warren Zaïre-Emery make history as France’s youngest player since 1914, debuting with a goal. At just 17 years, eight months, and 11 days old, Zaïre-Emery left an indelible mark on the match, contributing to the team’s historic achievement.
The proceedings unfolded dramatically for Gibraltar, as early on, Ethan Santos inadvertently put the ball into his own net after only three minutes. The situation worsened when Santos received a red card in the 18th minute for a foul on Zaïre-Emery, forcing the teenager’s early exit from the match.
The French team exhibited dominance throughout both halves, with seven goals scored in each. Mbappé’s long-range effort to complete his hat trick stood out as a highlight among the numerous goals.
France’s relentless attacking strategy resulted in 39 attempts on goal, with 19 hitting the target. The team’s efficiency and goal-scoring prowess showcased their football excellence. Despite Gibraltar’s challenges, France’s manager, Didier Deschamps, emphasized the importance of respecting the opponent, acknowledging that achieving a scoreline of 14-0 is no small feat.
With this commanding victory, France reinforced its position at the top of Group B. Already qualified for Euro 2024 in Germany, the team demonstrated not only its qualification dominance but also its commitment to maintaining a high level of performance on the international stage. In contrast, Gibraltar, yet to secure a win or score a goal during qualification, faces challenges in the competition.