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France Held to 1-1 Draw by Poland, Secure Second Place in Group D at Euro 2024

In a tense match at BVB Stadion Dortmund, France settled for a frustrating 1-1 draw against Poland, securing second place in Group D. Despite dominating the first half with several scoring chances, Les Bleus were repeatedly denied by Polish goalkeeper Skorupski, who made crucial saves, including stops against Hernandez, Dembele, and Mbappe. 

It was the returning Mbappe who broke the deadlock in the second half, converting a penalty after Dembele was fouled in the box by Kiwior. His precise strike into the bottom-right corner seemed to secure victory until a late VAR intervention awarded Poland a penalty of their own. Upamecano's challenge on Swiderski led to a spot-kick, initially saved by Maignan, only for the retake to be converted by Lewandowski, ensuring a dramatic equalizer for Poland.

Despite France's superior expected goals (xG) of 2.35 compared to Poland's 1.14, the draw means they finish behind Austria, who defeated the Netherlands elsewhere in the group. France will now prepare to face the runners-up from Group E in the next round, while Poland bows out of Euro 2024 with just one point to their name.

Here is Group D final Standings:

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