Kylian Mbappe showcased his brilliance by scoring a hat-trick in France’s remarkable 14-0 victory over 10-man Gibraltar, setting a new record margin of victory in European qualifying. The match in Nice saw Les Bleus dominate from the start, with goals from Ethan Santos (own goal), Marcus Thuram, and 17-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery. Gibraltar’s red card further tilted the game in France’s favor, allowing Didier Deschamps’ team to extend their lead.
Mbappe’s penalty contributed to the 4-0 scoreline, followed by goals from Jonathan Clauss, Kingsley Coman, and Youssouf Fofana before halftime. The scoring spree continued with Adrien Rabiot, another from Coman, and Ousmane Dembele. Mbappe completed his hat-trick, and Olivier Giroud, coming off the bench, secured the final two goals, solidifying France’s record-breaking victory.
However, the lopsided result prompts discussions about the necessity of such matchups between strong and weaker teams in a crowded fixture calendar.
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