Ronald Koeman Blasts Referee Anthony Taylor in 0-0 Draw With Lackluster France

It was disappointing and unsatisfying viewing for football fans as France and the Netherlands battled to a goalless draw in Leipzig in UEFA Euro 2024. As the game progressed, it became clear that both nations had a bit too much respect for each other and none. took the risky step of switching to the clinical tool. Overall, the game turned out to be a far cry from what many expected it to be.

Going into the final day of action, France and the Netherlands sit on four points each in Group D. Austria sit below them in third with three points to their name. Therefore, the group promises a fascinating prospect in the last round of matches before the knockouts. Qualification, however, should not be a problem for either the French or the Dutch, even if they finish in third place.

Concerns are emerging over France without Kylian Mbappe

Didier Deschamps made an interesting call to deal with the absence of Kylian Mbappe. Instead of relying on the likes of Randal Kolo Muani, Bradley Barcola and Kingsley Coman, the 55-year-old coach decided to go with the experience of Adrien Rabiot. The experiment did not turn out to be in France’s interest, as the French forward line was visibly sluggish throughout the contest.

Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot
Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot (Credit: @equipedefrance/X)

Few can argue that Kylian Mbappe is among the best footballers on the planet, and his absence would hurt any side in the world. Despite this, the French faithful will worry about the screens without their captain. Relying on a single individual has never worked out too well even for the greatest teams in history. However, Kylian Mbappe is expected to feature for Les Bleus in the decisive encounter against Poland.

Controversy arises around the canceled goal of the Netherlands

20 minutes before the final whistle, Xavi Simons looked to have finally broken the deadlock with a powerful finish into the bottom right corner. While celebrating, the Leipzig man along with thousands of Dutch fans became aware that a goal had been ruled out due to Denzel Dumfries possibly getting in the way of Mike Maignan. “Dumfries didn’t stop the keeper! He would never have got to that ball.”were the words of a visibly excited Ronald Koeman post-match.

It was one of those calls where it was particularly challenging for the referee, Anthony Taylor, and the VAR officials to come to a decisive decision. Much debate would inevitably have followed regardless of whose favor the election went. In the end, it was Didier Deschamps and France who came out of the lucky party. The Netherlands, on the other hand, will surely revisit the incident if the results do not go their way on the final match day.

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