Mbappé scores but France draws with Poland, failing to secure top spot in Euro 2024 group

For the first time in 12 years, France failed to finish top of their group at a major football tournament on Tuesday. Though injured star player Kylian Mbappé scored and the team dominated possession, they were denied victory by Poland’s talented goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski.

A Kylian Mbappé penalty was cancelled out by Robert Lewandowski’s spot kick as already-eliminated Poland held France to a nervy 1-1 draw in Dortmund on Tuesday, meaning the French finish second in Group D.

Mbappé broke the deadlock in the 56th minute with his first European Championship goal – and the first scored by a French player at Euro 2024 – when he calmly slotted home a penalty given for Jakub Kiwior’s clumsy challenge on Ousmane Dembele.

The lead would have meant France topped the group regardless of the result of a see-saw game between Netherlands and Austria.

However, Dayot Upamecano brought down Polish substitute Karol Swiderksi, which allowed Lewandowski to level from the spot in the 79th minute – after his first effort was saved by Mike Maignan, who was adjudged to have advanced off his line too early.


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