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France beats Austria with an own goal as Mbappe leaves injured

Les Bleus got the three points, but maybe lost their star man for some time

France began their European Championship campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Austria, despite a concerning injury to their star player, Kylian Mbappe, who left the field with a bloodied, busted nose.

From the outset, Les Bleus set the pace of the game, dominating possession and creating early chances. Mbappe’s low drive towards the near post was tipped out for a corner, highlighting his constant threat. Austria, managed by Ralf Rangnick, struggled to muster any significant attacking opportunities, only posing a threat just before France took the lead.

The breakthrough came two minutes before halftime when an unfortunate flick by Maximilian Wober sent Mbappe’s cross into his own net, giving France a deserved lead. Mbappe continued to be the focal point of France’s attack, but surprisingly missed a golden opportunity to extend the lead when he curled a one-on-one chance wide after the break.

The match took a worrying turn for France when Mbappe was withdrawn late on with a facial injury, a blow to the team’s attacking prowess. Despite this, Austria could not capitalize on his absence, remaining solid defensively but offering little threat going forward.

The result gives France a positive start in Group C, while Austria will need to improve their offensive output in the upcoming matches to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.

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