Kylian Mbappe after their clash against Austria in their first match

After suffering a horrific injury during Monday's 1-0 victory at the Merkur Spiel-Arena against Group D rivals Austria, Kylian Mbappe endured a significant setback for France in their opening Euro 2024 victory

(Football news) Max Maximilian Wober headed the cross into his own net after the Real Madrid new boy broke to the byline with a spectacular burst of pace. It was the decisive moment in the Dusseldorf game.

Although Mbappe himself committed an unusual one-on-one miss, curling wide with the majority of the goal at his mercy in the second half, Didier Deschamps’s team was unable to secure the insurance goal.

But, in the last moments of the match, Austrian goalkeeper Patrick Pentz cried out for Mbappe to need medical attention after his duel with Kevin Danso had ended with him emerging victorious.

The former Paris Saint-Germain attacker and Lens centre-back both challenged for a high ball, but in the process, Mbappe smashed his face into the defender’s shoulder and immediately dropped to the turf in agony.

A worried Pentz quickly called for the medical staff to attend to Mbappe, who sported a bloodied – and potentially broken – nose and shirt after the collision and was down for a few minutes while the France doctors sought to stem the bleeding.

Mbappe busted open before substitution farce

As is customary, Mbappe trudged off to the sidelines and would seemingly try to carry on with a new shirt, although Deschamps had already readied Olivier Giroud and Youssouf Fofana to come on.

However, as France played for a short period of time with 10 men, on-field referee Jesus Gil Manzano did not stop the game and allow Les Bleus to make their changes, leading to a farcical situation unfolding.

Mbappe briefly jogged back onto the field before immediately sitting down on the turf to get the game stopped, incurring a yellow card in the process as Austria fans boomed out a cacophony of boos.

The attacker’s move did eventually give Deschamps a window to send on his substitutes and take off Mbappe, who made a quick bee-line for the tunnel to have his injury assessed amid fears over his availability for future matches.

France only have three full days to recover before taking on the Netherlands at the Red Bull Arena on June 21, and they sit behind Oranje in second place due to an inferior goals scored record.

Deschamps’s men then conclude Group D against Poland at the Signal Iduna Park on June 25, which Mbappe would also be at risk of missing if he is forced to undergo concussion protocol.

Also read: France defeat Austria in their first match in the Euro 2024


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