Kylian Mbappe netted three goals in France’s historic 14-0 rout of 10-man Gibraltar, setting a new record for the largest victory margin in European qualifying.
The match, held in Nice, also marked a national record for France. Before Ethan Santos’ own goal, Marcus Thuram, and 17-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery’s debut goal, France was already in control. Santos’ red card in the 18th minute further tilted the game in favor of Didier Deschamps’ team. Mbappe’s penalty made it 4-0, with Clauss, Coman, and Fofana adding goals before halftime.
The scoring continued in the second half with Rabiot, Coman, and Dembele contributing. Mbappe completed his hat-trick, and Olivier Giroud, coming off the bench, scored the final two goals.
Despite the impressive performance, questions arose about the necessity of such lopsided matches in the fixture calendar.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands secured qualification alongside France with a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, thanks to Wout Weghorst’s powerful strike. Romania earned their place in Euro 2024 by defeating Israel 2-1, responding quickly to Eran Zahavi’s early goal with goals from George Puscas and Ianis Hagi.
Switzerland also qualified, despite a 1-1 draw with Kosovo. Romania is now in a position to top Group I with a draw against Switzerland.
Wales’ hopes suffered a setback with a 1-1 draw against Armenia, and they must beat already-qualified Turkey while hoping for a Croatia slip-up to advance. Croatia secured a 2-0 win in Latvia, putting them in second place in Group D. Lovro Majer and Andrej Kramaric scored within the first 16 minutes.