France recorded their biggest-ever win by thrashing 10-man Gibraltar 14-0 in their Euro 2024 qualifier at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.
Although the hosts have already advanced to the Germany tournament, Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick, which included a 40-yard strike, did not come easily.
Seven different players scored in the first half, including Warren Zaire-Emery, a teenager.
He was France’s youngest player since 1914 at the age of seventeen years, eight months, and eleven days.
Before leaving the game due to injury, he made his debut with a goal to make it 3-0.
Within three minutes, Ethan Santos turned a cross from Jonathan Clauss into his own net, and a minute later, Marcus Thuram made it 2-0.
Zaire-Emery’s goal followed, and in the eighteenth minute, Santos was unfortunate enough to receive a red card.
Mbappe’s penalty kick made it 4-0, and goals from Clauss, Kingsley Coman, and Youssouf Fofana made it 7-0 at halftime.
It took until the 63rd minute for Adrien Rabiot to drill home the eighth goal for France, who seemed to have let up on their efforts.
However, the goals soon resumed as Coman and Ousmane Dembele found the net, followed by two more from Mbappe, including a breathtaking 40-yard finish after the attacker saw custodian Dayle Coleing off his line.
Just before the final whistle, Olivier Giroud helped himself to two goals in quick succession, capping off the incredible victory.
At the end of the match, Gibraltar had zero shots on goal while France had 39.
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