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Saliba keeps clean sheet in France victory

Saliba v Austria

William Saliba was part of the France team that kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Austria at Euro 2024 on Monday night.

Making his 16th appearance for France, William was selected by Didier Deschamps ahead of Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate to partner Dayot Upamecano at centre-back in Dusseldorf, and Les Bleus took the lead in the 38th minute when a Kylian Mbappe cross led to a Maximilian Wober own goal.

That proved to be the game's only goal. and the win took France to second in Group D, behind the Netherlands on goals scored following their 2-1 win over Poland.

Elsewhere on Monday, Leandro Trossard played 74 minutes of Belgium’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Slovakia.

It took just seven minutes for Ivan Schranz to give Slovakia the lead following a loose ball from Jeremy Doku. Leo, making his 35th international appearance, had a sight of goal when he spotted Martin Dubravka off of his line, but his long-range strike flew over the crossbar.

Leo at Euros

Romelu Lukaku had the ball in the back of the net but the goal was ruled out by VAR in the 57th minute, while Leo had another effort saved by Dubravka before being replaced by Youri Tielemans.

After another Lukaku goal was ruled out by VAR, the full-time whistle saw Belgium end the day third in Group E ahead of games against Romania and Ukraine.

As for those two nations, Romania came out on top with a 3-0 victory over Ukraine on Monday, with Oleksandr Zinchenko playing the full 90 minutes for his country to earn his 64th cap.

Nicolae Stanciu opened the scoring with a screamer into the top left corner from distance, before Razvin Marin fired beneath the hands of Andriy Lunin for 2-0.

Denis Dragus made sure of the win with Romania’s third, which condemned Ukraine to fourth place in Group E.

Zinchenko v Romania

After the game, Oleksandr said: "It's a shame to look into the eyes of the fans who came to support us today. I can only say that we will do everything in the next match to please our fans again.

"In the next game, we only need to win to have any chance of getting out of the group. Everyone understood that the first game was very important, but today what happened happened.

"I don't know what the turning point was, to be honest. It's always unpleasant to concede first. Somewhere we lacked something, maybe aggression up front. The head coach will tell us what we did wrong and we will be able to get a positive result in the next match.

"We should play more aggressively up front, because controlling the ball is one thing, but we needed to create chances. Unfortunately, we didn't have that today."

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