After scoring the second goal in France’s UEFA Euro 2024 Group B second leg qualifying football match against Greece at the Agia Sophia Stadium in Athens, midfielder Youssouf Fofana (C) took charge of the celebrations alongside his teammates. This exhilarating match ended in a 2-2 draw, thus concluding France’s flawless qualifying campaign. In the 33rd minute, Antoine Griezmann had a near miss that could have given France the advantage at the beginning of the game. Despite Pantelis Hatzidiakos’ best efforts, he couldn’t stop him as he skillfully bypassed him and took a powerful shot from a short distance, but unfortunately, it hit the goalpost. France persistently attacked and their determination paid off just before the first half ended.
Olivier Giroud played a vital part in the game-changing moment by locating Randal Kolo Muani, who executed an exceptional shot from a difficult position, granting France the advantage. Nevertheless, Greece emerged in the second half with a more assertive strategy and promptly managed to level the score. Anastasios Bakasetas took advantage of a loose ball near the penalty area in the 56th minute, striking a powerful shot past Brice Samba to even the score. Greece quickly turned the tables just five minutes later. Dimitrios Giannoulis showcased his impressive skills as he sprinted down the right side and delivered an impeccable cross to Fotis Ioannidis, who flawlessly found the back of the net.
As the match seemed to be slipping out of their grasp, France rallied and managed to equalize in the 75th minute. Youssouf Fofana skillfully received the ball and carefully positioned himself before launching an impressive shot from a far distance, completely catching Odisseas Vlachodimos off guard.
This remarkable goal not only contributed to France earning a point, but it also added a touch of significance to the game. Despite the draw, France can still hold their heads high for their undefeated qualifying journey. On the other hand, Greece can take immense satisfaction in putting an end to France’s consecutive wins and demonstrating their strength on the global platform.