Euro 2024: How Gibraltar Players Responded to Crushing 14 Nil Defeat by Kylian Mbappe and France

Euro 2024: How Gibraltar Players Responded to Crushing 14 Nil Defeat by Kylian Mbappe and France

Ero Samson
November 21, 2023 at 1:25 PM
  • Gibraltar lost to France in their Euro qualifying fixture
  • Julio Ribas' side were hit with 14 unanswered goals
  • A report of how the team reacted to the defeat has emerged

Amidst the prevailing injury concerns that have dampened the spirits of numerous football fans during the international window, one remarkable performance that stood out was France's dominant victory over European underdogs Gibraltar.

Led by Kylian Mbappe, Le Blues delivered a stellar performance against their opponents at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.

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Referee John Brooks gives a red card to Ethan Santos of Gibraltar during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier match between France and Gibraltar at Allianz Riviera stadium. Image: Jean Catuffe.
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According to Fotmob, Mbappe played a direct role in six of the goals, contributing three goals and three assists. Joining the scoring spree, Kingsley Coman and AC Milan forward Olivier Giroud each secured a brace.

The torrent of goals continued, and even 17-year-old debutant Warren Zaire-Emery managed to find the net just 17 minutes into his senior national team debut. Goals from Jonathan Clauss, Marcus Thuram, Andre Rabiot, Youssouf Fofana, and Ousmane Dembele ensured that Didier Deschamps' side achieved France's most significant win in football history.

However, amidst the celebrations surrounding this historic victory, reports have surfaced regarding the emotional aftermath for the Gibraltar players who endured the defeat.

How Gibraltar players reacted to the defeat

According to the Gibraltar Chronicle, there is no doubt that the players were deeply affected by the result. A senior source close to the team revealed,

"It was like a morgue. Players were crying, quiet, with sunken heads, and not a word spoken; they felt devastated."

Gibraltar now faces another challenging match against the Netherlands, with key players such as Bernardo Lope, Julian Valarino, Kian Ronan, Graeme Torilla, and Ethan Britto unavailable. While expectations may not be for another 14-goal defeat, confronting a team that has previously scored six and seven goals against them is certainly not the ideal scenario for boosting the team's confidence.

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Deschamps troll Luis Enrique

Sports Brief in a previous report stated France coach Didier Deschamps trolled PSG’s Luis Enrique following his side’s victory against Gibraltar.

As quoted by GFFN, the 55-year-old addressed the media and gave a taunting comment about Mbappe:

"I expect a lot more."

This remark was a clear response to the previous criticism from Enrique after PSG's 3-0 victory against Reims, where Mbappe scored a hat trick.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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