France secured a crucial 1-0 victory against Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2024 qualifying Group B match, with Benjamin Pavard scoring a sensational goal to give Les Bleus the lead.
The triumph was largely thanks to a standout performance by goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who made a stunning save in the dying minutes to prevent the hosts from equalising. This came just days after he saved a penalty at the Stade de France, demonstrating his importance to the team.
France currently tops the group, with Greece in second place, having secured three points from their sole match. The Netherlands occupy third place, thanks to their 3-0 win over Gibraltar at home, but are behind Greece on goal difference.
Didier Deschamps, the French coach, praised his team’s dominant performance, especially Pavard’s goal, which broke the deadlock in the 50th minute of the game.
No prize for an heroic effort from Ireland
The Republic of Ireland fought hard in their Euro 2024 qualifying Group B match against France but were unable to convert any of their chances, with France goalkeeper Mike Maignan making a crucial save in the dying moments of the game to preserve the clean sheet.
Despite the loss, Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny can be proud of his team’s performance, as they matched the quality of their opponents and played with their own unique style. The team showed determination and resilience, with defender Nathan Collins coming close to scoring a crucial goal in the final minute of the match.
While the defeat is disappointing, Kenny and his team can take heart from their display and aim to improve in their upcoming matches against Greece and Gibraltar. They must continue to play with the same level of intensity and commitment if they are to secure a spot in the Euro 2024 tournament.
From zero to hero: Pavard’s remarkable turnaround in France’s win over opponent
Benjamin Pavard, who was omitted from the World Cup squad due to a lacklustre display against Australia, made a comeback in the right-back position instead of Jules Kounde and made a significant impact. France’s triumph over the Netherlands with a score of 4-0 on Friday was followed by this victory, leading the team to a total of six points from two matches.