Sun, 10 Dec 2023

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick in France's record-breaking 14-0 thrashing of 10-man Gibraltar as the Netherlands, Switzerland and Romania booked their places at Euro 2024 on Saturday.

Les Bleus set a new record margin of victory in European qualifying and a national record in Nice.

Ethan Santos' own goal and Marcus Thuram had already opened the floodgates before 17-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery scored.

That was Zaire-Emery's last contribution as the PSG midfielder was forced off with an ankle injury but a red card for Santos after just 18 minutes allowed the World Cup finalists to run amok.

Kylian Mbappe (R) of France celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Gibraltar during their Euro 2024 qualifier in Nice, France, November 18, 2023. /CFP

Mbappe's penalty made it 4-0 and Jonathan Clauss, Kingsley Coman and Youssouf Fofana all scored before half-time.

Adrien Rabiot, Coman again and Ousmane Dembele kept the score ticking over before Mbappe struck twice to seal his hat-trick in style.

The France captain lobbed Dayle Coleing from just inside the Gibraltar half to register his 300th career goal aged just 24.

Olivier Giroud then came off the bench to grab the final two goals and ensure the history books were re-written.

But the scoreline will raise fresh questions over the need for such clashes between giants and minnows in a congested fixture calendar.

"We did everything to make this score happen. That is the ambition that there is in this team," said France boss Didier Deschamps.

Yusuf San (R) of Trkiye celebrates after scoring a goal against Germany during their international friendly match in Berlin, Germany, November 18, 2023. /CFP

Also on Saturday, a late Yusuf Sari penalty took Trkiye to a 3-2 win over the Euro 2024 hosts Germany during their international friendly match in Berlin.

Lightning-fast in attack, dogged in defense and buoyed by deafening support from the crowd in an 'away' friendly, Trkiye posed constant questions for Germany.

Kai Havertz gave Germany the lead after just five minutes but Trkiye headed to half-time in front, after two late goals from Ferdi Kadioglu and Kenan Yildiz.

Borussia Dortmund striker Niclas Fuellkrug equalized shortly after halftime but Trkiye would have the final say, Sari slamming in a penalty to secure victory.

Germany had not lost to Trkiye for more than 18 years, and not on home soil since 1951.

Turkish coach Vincenzo Montella celebrated his side's "first win against Germany in Germany for 72 years," saying "we felt it, the victory was rich in emotions."

"It's important for the Turkish people, also those who live here."

Germany's manager Julian Nagelsmann criticized his players, saying "a couple did not hit the necessary emotional level and did not play at their limits."

Ilkay Gundogan, the first Turkish-German to captain Germany, told RTL, "we were too lethargic, too passive, not purposeful enough and didn't move well in possession."

"We didn't generate the pressure against the ball that we wanted," he added.

Other match results of the Euro 2024 qualifiers on November 18:

Group B: Netherlands 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Group D: Armenia 1-1 Wales, Latvia 0-2 Croatia

Group I: Belarus 1-0 Andorra, Israel 1-2 Romania

(With input from AFP)

Source: CGTN

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