France scored seven goals in each half as they recorded their biggest-ever win by thrashing 10-man Gibraltar 14-0 in Euro 2024 qualifying.
The hosts are already through to the Germany tournament but did not take things easy as Kylian Mbappe hit a hat-trick that included a 40-yard strike.
Teenager Warren Zaire-Emery was one of seven different first-half scorers.
At 17 years, eight months, and 11 days, he became France’s youngest player since 1914.
He marked his debut to make it 3-0 before going off injured.
Ethan Santos turned Jonathan Clauss’ cross into his net after just three minutes before Marcus Thuram made it 2-0 minutes later.
Then came Zaire-Emery’s goal before the unfortunate Santos was shown a red card in the 18th minute.
Mbappe made it 4-0 from the penalty spot before further strikes from Clauss, Kingsley Coman, and Youssouf Fofana made it 7-0 at the break.
France appeared to take their foot off the pedal for a while as it took until the 63rd minute for them to add an eighth, Adrien Rabiot drilling home.
But then the goals started flowing again as Coman and Ousmane Dembele scored before Mbappe grabbed two more – including a stunning 40-yard finish after the striker spotted goalkeeper Dayle Coleing off his line.
Olivier Giroud rounded off the huge win by helping himself to two goals in quick succession shortly before the final whistle.
France finished the game with 39 shots on goal, compared to none for Gibraltar.
Harry Maguire Accepts Issac Adongo’s Apology: Anticipating a Reunion at Old Trafford
In a surprising turn of events, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has publicly acknowledged and accepted the apology extended by Member of Parliament Issac Adongo. The footballer, known for his composed demeanor on and off the field, responded gracefully to Adongo’s apology, hinting at a potential meeting at the iconic Old Trafford.
The apology stems from a previous incident where Adongo made comments that raised eyebrows among football enthusiasts and drew Maguire’s attention. Maguire, true to his reputation as a leader, chose not to escalate the situation but instead welcomed the MP’s apology with open arms.
The conciliatory message was shared by Maguire on his social media platforms, where he stated, “Apology accepted, Issac Adongo. See you at Old Trafford soon.” The use of the word “soon” has sparked excitement and speculation among fans, who are now eagerly awaiting the prospect of Adongo’s presence at a Manchester United match.
This unexpected reconciliation serves as a testament to Maguire’s professionalism and ability to handle criticism with maturity. Rather than engaging in a public feud, the England international chose the high road, fostering an atmosphere of understanding and respect.
The incident has also ignited discussions about the intersection of sports and politics. Maguire’s acceptance of the apology sends a positive message about the power of dialogue and reconciliation, even in situations where public figures may hold differing views.
As the anticipation builds for the promised meeting at Old Trafford, it raises questions about the potential impact of such encounters on the broader relationship between the sports and political spheres. Will this event prompt more conversations between athletes and politicians? Only time will tell.
For now, fans of Manchester United and followers of the saga are left to eagerly await the day when Harry Maguire and Issac Adongo share a moment at Old Trafford. The power of sports to bring people together, even those with differing opinions, continues to be a driving force for unity and understanding in our society.
‘We conceded a poor goal’ – Ghana coach Chirs Hughton laments defensive lapse in defeat to Comoros
Ghana coach Chris Hughton, did not mince words in his critique of his team’s performance following a 1-0 defeat to Comoros on Tuesday in the 2026 World Cup African qualifiers.
The Black Stars missed a chance to go top of Group I as they were beaten in Moroni.
The pivotal moment in the match came in the 43rd minute when Myziane Maolida capitalised on a solo opportunity, receiving the ball from the midfield and scoring.
Hughton, speaking in the post-match analysis, expressed his displeasure at the defensive lapse that led to the decisive goal.
“I thought Ghana were the better team,” Hughton stated, emphasising his belief in the team’s overall performance. However, his frustration was palpable as he criticized the conceded goal, considering it a missed opportunity to maintain control of the game.
“We conceded what we regarded as a poor goal to concede, and we were not able to capitalize on the chances that we had,” Hughton remarked, underscoring the team’s inability to convert scoring opportunities.
As a result of the defeat, the Black Stars remain at three points after two rounds of games, while Comoros ascends to the top of the group with four points from two matches.
Looking forward, Ghana’s focus will shift to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for January 2024 in Ivory Coast. The team, under Hughton’s leadership, will aim to regroup and make a strong showing in the continental competition after the setback in the World Cup qualifiers.
Chris Hughton bemoans missed opportunities as Ghana fall to Comoros in World Cup qualifiers
Ghana coach Chris Hughton attributed the team’s defeat to Comoros in the 2026 World Cup African qualifiers to a lack of sharpness in front of the goal.
The Black Stars suffered a setback on matchday two in Moroni on Tuesday, November 21.
Despite Hughton’s belief that Ghana was the superior team for a significant portion of the match, the inability to convert chances proved costly. In his post-match analysis, the Irish manager acknowledged Comoros for their victory but emphasized his team’s dominance throughout the 90 minutes.
“Congratulations to Comoros for the victory. In my opinion over the 90 minutes, we were the better team. I thought Ghana was the better team,” Hughton stated, highlighting his team’s overall performance. However, he expressed frustration over a conceded goal that he deemed avoidable and the team’s failure to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
“So this was not a game where Comoros won this game comfortably. Over the 90 minutes, we were the better team, but unfortunately, we were not able to put away the chances that we created,” Hughton lamented, emphasizing the significance of missed opportunities.
The defeat prevented the Black Stars from ascending to the top of Group I, leaving them with three points after two rounds of games played. With their focus now shifting to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for January 2024 in Ivory Coast, Hughton, and his team will aim to regroup and hone their finishing prowess to make a strong impact in the continental competition.
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