France, Belgium, Portugal Secure Euro 2024 Spots in Thrilling Last-Minute Victories

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France, Belgium, Portugal Secure Euro 2024 Spots in Thrilling Last-Minute Victories

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In a night of high stakes, these three powerhouse teams secured their places in Euro 2024 with hard-fought, one-goal victories. Belgium, led by three goals in Vienna, held on to win 3-2 with just 10 players. France, powered by Kylian Mbappe’s brace in Amsterdam, edged out a depleted Dutch squad 2-1. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s double led Portugal, who wobbled with a two-goal lead but eventually triumphed 3-2 against Slovakia in Porto.

Mbappe’s stellar performance saw him leap to fourth place in the all-time goal-scoring list for the French national team. France’s coach, Didier Deschamps, expressed his pride in the team’s achievements, securing qualification with two games to spare. Greece’s 2-0 win against Ireland pushed them ahead of the Dutch, setting the stage for a crucial showdown on Monday.

Belgium’s unbeaten streak continued as they survived an Austria fightback in Vienna. Despite Austria’s late surge, Belgium’s third straight trip to the Euros was secured, making it a memorable night for the Red Devils. In Group J, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal tally reached 125, ensuring Portugal’s top-two finish. They have now won seven out of seven matches in the group.

Slovakia stayed second in the group, but Luxembourg’s 1-1 draw in Iceland brought them closer, setting up an exciting encounter between the two. In other matches, Bosnia and Herzegovina secured a 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein with first-half goals from Amar Rahmanovic and Miroslav Stevanovic. The road to Euro 2024 promises more excitement and fierce competition in the coming matches.

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https://www.wionews.com/sports/football-france-belgium-and-portugal-qualify-for-euro-2024-with-last-gasp-wins-646593#tbl-em-lnphq3x13e2rbi3x61v

https://www.reuters.com/sports/soccer/france-portugal-belgium-qualify-euro-2024-2023-10-13/

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