Euro 2024 Group B: Greece hold France, Dutch hit six past Gibraltar
Greece came from a goal down to hold France to a 2-2 draw in their final Euro 2024 qualifier in the Republic of Ireland's Group B, denying Didier Deschamps' side a perfect record in their qualifying campaign.
Olivier Giroud teed up Randal Kolo Muani for the opener just before half-time then Greece levelled in the 56th minute through midfielder Anastasios Bakasetas and Fotis Ioannidis gave the hosts the lead five minutes later.
Youssouf Fofana equalised for France with a powerful shot from distance in the 74th minute while Kingsley Coman thought he had grabbed a winner but VAR showed his effort did not fully cross the goal line.
The match had nothing at stake for either side after France, who finished with seven wins and a draw, and the Netherlands had claimed the top two spots to qualify for the finals and third-placed Greece had secured a place in the playoffs. Ireland finished seven points further back in fourth.
In the other Group B game tonight, The Netherlands' Calvin Stengs netted a hat-trick as they easily disposed of Gibraltar 6-0 in Portugal.
Mats Wieffer, Teun Koopmeiners and substitute Cody Gakpo added the other goals for an experimental Dutch side completing their qualifying campaign.
Stengs had the Dutch ahead in the 10th minute and added two more after the break, completing his treble with a strong left- foot effort inside the penalty box.
The Dutch goal haul, however, was nothing near the 14 that France scored against Gibraltar in Nice on Saturday to set a record in the European Championship qualifiers.
But visiting Dutch coach Ronald Koeman looked to use many of his up-and-coming talents in a match that followed his side's 1-0 win over Ireland on Saturday that secured qualification.
Teenage defender Jorrel Hato