Kylian Mbappe scored to reach a new career milestone, and France kept their perfect record in Group B of Euro 2024 qualifying with a win over Greece, who finished with 10 men after a late sending-off.
Mbappe scored the only goal of the game on Monday, a second-half penalty, to surpass Just Fontaine’s record of 54 goals for club and country and become the all-time best French scorer over a season.
Erling Haaland of Manchester City, who has a chance to win the top scorer award among players in the five major European leagues when Norway plays Cyprus on Tuesday, also moved even with the Paris Saint-Germain forward as a result.
Due to Greece’s dismissal of Konstantinos Mavropanos in the 69th minute following Mbappe’s 55th-minute penalty kick, France now leads the group with 12 points, six more than second-placed Greece.
Didier Deschamps, France’s head coach, remarked, “It was a long season for the players.” We did everything we could to win this game, even though we can regret not adding another goal because you never know what might happen in the dying minutes.”
In their last four qualifying games, France has scored nine goals and kept a clean sheet.
On September 7, when Greece travels to the Netherlands, who are in fourth place with three points after two games, they will play third-placed Ireland at home, who have three points from three games.