MAIN STYLES: William Saliba was France most reliable player on the ball, only losing the ball once in 90 minutes; Jakub Kiwior played disappointingly, Poland was the first team eliminated

William Saliba achieved his second instance of not conceding a goal for the French national team during the Euro 2024 tournament, in a match against the Netherlands that ended in a goalless draw on Friday evening.

Our center-back demonstrated exceptional ball control, only surrendering possession once over the whole 90-minute match, making him France’s most dependable player in terms of ball retention.


Les Bleus entered the game in a favourable position, since they had already defeated Austria 1-0 on Monday.

In the 69th minute, the Netherlands scored a goal, but a VAR review determined that Denzel Dumfries was in an offside position and was obstructing the game.

France’s first goalless tie of the tournament resulted in them securing the second position in Group D with four points, placing them only behind the Netherlands based on the number of goals scored.


Regrettably for Jakub Kiwior and Poland, the outcome signified their early elimination from the competition as their 3-1 loss to Austria placed them at the bottom of the group, making them the first nation to be eliminated.


Jakub participated in the entire 90 minutes of the encounter, during which Gernot Trauner scored a goal for Austria by heading the ball into the top-left corner. Krzysztof Piatek then scored a goal to bring the score level at the 30-minute mark.

Christoph Baumgartner restored Austria’s lead with 24 minutes remaining, followed by Marko Arnautovic extending the advantage from a penalty kick.


Gernot Trauner gave Austria the lead with a header into the top-left corner, but Krzysztof Piatek levelled on the half-hour mark. Jakub played the full 90 minutes of the game.

With twenty-four minutes remaining, Christoph Baumgartner gave Austria a lead again, and Marko Arnautovic extended that lead with a penalty kick.