France Completes Euro 2024 Qualification with 2-2 Draw Against Greece

France successfully concluded their Euro 2024 qualification with seven wins out of eight after playing to a 2-2 draw against Greece.

Paris St-Germain forward Randal Kolo Muani scored a goal against Greece to give France the lead in Athens.

However, Anastasios Bakasetas leveled the score for Greece with a 20-yard volley, before Fotis Ioannidis guided a cross into a goal.

This forced coach Didier Deschamps to turn to his substitutes, with Kylian Mbappe coming on to create an opportunity that Youssouf Fofana seized to equalize 16 minutes before the end of the match.

Despite having already secured their qualification, France thought they had found a late winner when Kingsley Coman’s deflected cross spun towards the goal. However, the referee and video assistant referee decided that the ball had not crossed the line.

France, who had only conceded one goal in their first seven qualifying games, finished on top of Group B, while Greece, seeking a place in the European Championship finals for the first time since 2012, will face Kazakhstan in the play-offs on March 21.

If they win that game, the 2004 champions will then face Georgia or Luxembourg on March 26 for a place in the finals.

Elsewhere in Group B, the Netherlands, finishing in second place, thrashed Gibraltar 6-0, with Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo closing the scoring after coming off the bench.z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z

Gakpo, 24, scored four minutes after entering the field as his left-wing cross drifted into the far corner.

Feyenoord’s Calvin Stengs scored his first international goals in a hat-trick, while Mats Wieffer and Teun Koopmeiners also found their names on the scoresheet.

France and the Netherlands will find out their opponents in the group stages in Germany when the draw takes place on December 2.