Netherlands 0-0 France: Dutch denied by controversial VAR call in first stalemate of Euro 2024


Netherlands were denied a big win over France by a controversial offside decision as an otherwise entertaining Euro 2024 served up its first stalemate.

Both teams have all but confirmed their spots in the knockout stages, needing just a one to be certain. Poland become the first team eliminated.

Antoine Griezmann, captaining the side with Kylian Mbappe on the bench after breaking his nose against Austria, had an excellent chance in each half but twice stumbled over the ball. The first when Adrien Rabiot opted against shooting with the goal gaping, and then in the second half after being played in by N’Golo Kante.

Both sets of fans had cause to celebrate - the Dutch when Xavi Simons found the net in the second half and the French when the effort was ruled out for offside - and, despite both sides pushing for a winner, they had to be content with a point each.

France face Poland in their final group game with the Dutch taking on Austria.

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