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Match starts at 19:45 (GMT) on 18th November 2023
Officiated by referee J. Brooks
Event held at Allianz Riviera
This is a Europe – UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, Group B, Season 2024 showdown
France vs Gibraltar Full Match Reports
Olivier Giroud’s late brace propelled France into the annals of history as they achieved a groundbreaking 14-0 triumph over Gibraltar. This victory shattered their previous record of 10-0 against Azerbaijan in 1995, establishing a new milestone as the most significant landslide in European Championship qualification history.
France approached the match with their qualification for next year’s tournament already secured, having secured maximum points in the preceding six games. Facing minnows Gibraltar on the French Riviera, any hope the visitors harbored of a competitive showing evaporated within the initial five minutes, courtesy of two swift own-goals. Ethan Santos redirected a Jonathan Clauss delivery into his own net, followed by Aymen Moulhi inadvertently diverting a loose ball into the empty net after colliding with Antoine Griezmann’s saved shot. The onslaught continued, with Warren Zaïre-Emery, France’s youngest debutant since 1911, adding a superb finish into the roof of the net, making him the second youngest goalscorer for the national team. Unfortunately, Santos received a red card for a reckless challenge, prematurely ending Zaïre-Emery’s historic night.
The dominance escalated leading up to halftime, with Les Bleus scoring four more goals. Kylian Mbappé converted from the penalty spot, Clauss drilled a long-range effort, and Kingsley Coman capitalized on a loose ball, further extending France’s lead. Youssouf Fofana contributed with a precise finish from outside the box. Gibraltar momentarily resisted early in the second half, but the onslaught resumed with Adrien Rabiot adding the eighth goal just after the hour mark. Coman showcased agility in the box, eluding the defense and chipping the ball over Dayle Coleing.
Ousmane Dembélé’s introduction brought the ninth goal, as the Paris Saint-Germain forward navigated through the defense before finding the far corner. Mbappé added the historic 11th and 12th goals, creating a memorable night for Les Bleus. He capped it with a spectacular long-range finish from just past the halfway line. Giroud mirrored Germany’s 13-0 scoreline against San Marino in 2006 with his 55th international goal, concluding an emphatic night for Didier Deschamps’ side with an overhead kick in stoppage time.
Man of the Match: Kylian Mbappé (France).