Mbappe suffered a broken nose in France’s 1-0 victory over Austria in Group D of Euro 2024

During a dispute over a high ball in the 85th minute, Mbappe attempted a header but smashed his face into the shoulder of centre-back Kevin Danso. The collision left the French team’s captain on the ground, bleeding heavily from his face. Camera angles also showed that Mbappe’s nose was misaligned.

Mbappe suffered a broken nose in France's 1-0 victory over Austria in Group D of Euro 2024.

The medical team came onto the field to attend to Mbappe and escorted him off the pitch. The 25-year-old striker then unexpectedly ran back onto the field, trying to continue playing but then sat back down on the field. Because he re-entered the field without permission from referee Jesus Gil Manzano, Mbappe received a yellow card, before being replaced by senior Olivier Giroud.

In the post-match press conference, coach Didier Deschamps revealed that Mbappe likely has a broken nose and considered this a major problem for the French team. Later, France’s medical team confirmed with local broadcaster TF1 that Mbappe needed surgery at the University of Dusseldorf.

The French Football Federation (FFF) is expected to provide official information on Mbappe’s condition in the next one to two days. It is not clear how long Mbappe will be out of action, but it is almost certain that he will have to wear a protective mask when he returns.

Euro is not a lucky tournament for Mbappe. In 2020, he failed to score, even missing the decisive penalty that led France to be eliminated by Switzerland from the round of 16. Real’s newcomer continued to be unlucky this time, with a severe injury right at the opening match, in addition to missing a one-on-one opportunity at the beginning of the second half. Mbappe’s biggest contribution was a cross from the right wing that made Maximilian Wober awkwardly head into his own net in the 38th minute, giving France a minimal victory.

“I am satisfied with today’s performance, although France missed the opportunity to widen the gap,” Deschamps said. “The performance was not perfect, but very solid. We could have attacked more effectively, but it’s good to start with a win. The team currently has quality and talent but solidity and unity are also very important. We won’t be overconfident but it’s a positive start.”

On a day when Mbappe was out of luck, N’Golo Kante shone and was voted the best player of the match. After missing the 2022 World Cup due to injury and then the Saudi Pro League, the 33-year-old midfielder was still called up by Deschamps for Euro 2024. Kante repaid his coach’s faith, with six ball-winning situations, five won duels, three ball interceptions, two blocks, creating two opportunities and clearing the ball once.

“We made a good start,” Kante said. “Everything was not perfect, but we achieved the result as expected. France has a solid foundation and still needs to play more effectively. I am very happy to be back. Everything has changed, but I feel great wearing this shirt again.”

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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