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UEFA rule prevented France from making Euros history against Greece

Josh Lawless

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UEFA rule prevented France from making Euros history against Greece

A UEFA rule prevented France from making European Championship history following their 2-2 draw with Greece.

Didier Deschamps' side were looking to finish their qualifying campaign with a perfect record having trounced Gibraltar 14-0 on Saturday.

Randal Kolo Muani put Les Bleus ahead but France found themselves heading towards a shock first loss after goals from Anastasios Bakasetas and Fotis Ioannidis turned it around for the hosts.

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Youssouf Fofana levelled matters but France were a tad unlucky as in the dying minutes of the clash, Kingsley Coman's deflected cross from the right appeared to cross the line.

However, the goal was not awarded because goal-line technology is not utilised during Euro qualifiers and so officials were unable to determine whether it was indeed a goal or not.

Antoine Griezmann was left furious afterwards in an interview with TF1 and the lack of goal-line technology stopped Euros history happening.

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Had France won to go along with Netherlands' 6-0 hammering of Gibraltar, they would have completed the 'perfect group' in football.

France would have accrued eight wins, with Netherlands on six victories and Greece finishing off with four wins and Ireland on two.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

Finally, Gibraltar have zero wins from eight games and would have rounded off the symmetry and identical points difference.

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France would have had 24, with Netherlands on 18, Greece on 12, Ireland six and Gibraltar lonely at the bottom on zero.


The perfect group was therefore not achieved and fans will have to wait a tad longer for the rare feat.

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France finished as group winners and are therefore straight into pot one for the draw, which takes place on December 2.

Featured Image Credit: Getty & UEFA

Topics: UEFA, Euro 2024, France

Josh Lawless
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