Euro 2024: How things stand in Group D after France and The Netherlands draw

Euro 2024: How things stand in Group D after France and The Netherlands draw

Eric Munene 15:00 - 22.06.2024

Could the Netherlands slip up against Austria?

Euro 2024 Group D has unfolded with drama and determination, showcasing the unpredictability that defines elite football tournaments.

The Netherlands and France, both touted as frontrunners, find themselves deadlocked at the top with identical records of four points and even goal differences.

However, The Netherlands' hopes of securing top spot were dashed in a contentious 0-0 draw against France, where a disallowed goal added to the drama.

Despite the stalemate, both teams remain poised to advance, with France particularly confident ahead of their clash with bottom-placed Poland in the final group match.

Austria, led by former Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick, have demonstrated resilience and attacking prowess, securing a crucial 3-1 victory over Poland after a gallant but unlucky showing against France in their opener.

With three points, they sit just behind the leading duo but with equal goal difference, bolstering their chances of progressing to the knockout stages.

Their ability to bounce back from setbacks and capitalize on key moments has been a hallmark of their campaign so far.

Their performance against tougher opposition like The Netherlands has been commendable but insufficient to solidify their advancement.

Poland, on the other hand, have endured a disappointing campaign, languishing at the bottom of Group D without a point to their name.

Despite spirited efforts from key players like Krzysztof Piątek, they have struggled to convert opportunities into tangible results, effectively ending their hopes of progression.

As the group stage reaches its climax, France holds a slight edge over the Netherlands in the battle for supremacy, while Austria remains well-positioned to capitalize on any slip-ups by the frontrunners.

The final matchday promises high stakes and intense competition as teams vie for progression and the opportunity to make their mark on Euro 2024.

France face a shaken and defeated Poland while The Netherlands battle a determined Austria who might shock the world if they progress ahead of Orange Holland.