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France's Euro 2024 Dream Shattered by Superior Spain in Semi-Final Showdown

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France's Euro 2024 journey ended in disappointment with a 2-1 defeat to Spain in the semi-final. Kylian Mbappé's performance was heavily criticized, while social media buzzed with reactions to the match.

France's Euro 2024 Journey Ends in Disappointment

France's campaign in the Euro 2024 came to a disappointing end after a 2-1 defeat to Spain in the semi-final. Despite overcoming Belgium (1-0) and Portugal (0-0, 3-5 on penalties), the French team, led by Kylian Mbappé, was outclassed by a superior Spanish side. The French media, including L'Équipe, Ouest-France, and Le Parisien, were unanimous in their criticism, describing the performance as lackluster and uninspiring. Eurosport went as far as to call the defeat a 'just punishment' for three weeks of poor play.

Social Media Reacts to France's Defeat

The match also sparked a flurry of activity on social media, where users followed the game closely and shared their reactions. Kylian Mbappé and Lamine Yamal became the focal points of numerous memes and tweets. Mbappé, who played without his protective mask for the first time since suffering a nasal fracture, initially raised French hopes by assisting Randal Kolo Muani's goal. However, Spain quickly turned the tide with goals from Lamine Yamal and another player, securing their place in the final. Social media users didn't hold back in their criticism of Mbappé, highlighting his struggles and contrasting them with Yamal's standout performance.

Marca and other Spanish outlets celebrated their team's 'brilliant' qualification, while also taking jabs at the current French squad, comparing it unfavorably to the legendary team of the 1980s that featured stars like Michel Platini. The Catalan press, particularly the daily Sport, focused on Mbappé's underwhelming performance, questioning his impact throughout the tournament.

As the dust settles, the French team faces a period of reflection and rebuilding, while Spain looks forward to the Euro 2024 final with high hopes.

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