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Kylian Mbappe's Masked Struggles Highlight France's Narrow Win Over Belgium

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louis Buyisiwe

Jul 2, 2024

Kylian Mbappe had a tough time adjusting to his mask during France's last-16 match against Belgium in Euro 2024.

Kylian Mbappe's masked discomfort was evident as France narrowly defeated Belgium

Kylian Mbappe's discomfort was evident as he frequently adjusted his mask during France's narrow last-16 win against Belgium in Euro 2024. Despite the superstar's struggle, France managed to secure a spot in the quarter-finals, albeit through a stroke of luck.

Mbappe's Visible Discomfort

Throughout the match, Mbappe was seen adjusting his protective mask, a necessity following a recent injury. The mask seemed to impede his performance, reflecting the broader struggles of France's forward line. Despite their best efforts, France's attack failed to deliver a goal from open play.

The Decisive Own Goal

The breakthrough came in the 85th minute when Randal Kolo Muani's strike deflected off Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, resulting in an own goal. This fortunate event was enough to send Les Bleus into the quarter-finals, marking their third goal of the tournament, none of which have been scored from open play.

Deschamps Defends the Team

After the match, questions about France's attacking efficiency resurfaced. Head coach Didier Deschamps stood firm against the criticism.

"If it is a deflected goal, even if it is an own goal, someone had to shoot," Deschamps stated. "It ended up in the back of the net."

As France prepares for their next challenge in Euro 2024, all eyes will be on Mbappe and whether he can overcome his discomfort and lead the team to success. The team's hopes rest on improving their offensive performance and converting their chances into goals.

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