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7 reasons why France’s draw with Luxembourg is one of the BIGGEST shocks of all time

A star-studded French outfit couldn't break the plucky minnows down and had to settle for a 0-0 in Toulouse

Just days after England fans jeered their side off the pitch following a 4-0 win in Malta, a star-studded French side couldn’t even beat Luxembourg in their own backyard.

Contextually the 0-0 is one of the most surprising international results in recent times, especially with France boasting an attacking quartet of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar and Olivier Giroud.


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Antoine Griezmann couldn’t break Luxembourg down

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Antoine Griezmann couldn’t break Luxembourg down

Whilst a point will go down as one of the minnows’ greatest feats in history anyway, they nearly nicked all three when Gerson Rodrigues outpaced Laurent Koscielny and hammered the woodwork late on.

Can you imagine?

Anyway, when you break the statistics down from the game it really does become one of the biggest shocks of all time – and here’s seven credible reasons why…

1 Luxembourg are ranked 136th in the FIFA world rankings

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France are 10th but should be a lot higher and should also claim to be European champions right now if they’d managed to put Portugal to bed in that final last summer.

Luxembourg, on the other hand, are ranked below Vietnam and Burundi.

2 France’s line up cost their clubs an estimated £406m

Mbappe cost PSG £166m

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Mbappe cost PSG £166m

Luxembourg’s was around £27.5k – less than what all the French players earn in one week.

3 France had 76% possession

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FIFA in real life

4 And 34 shots

Kingsley Coman was another French star to flop

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Kingsley Coman was another French star to flop

They still couldn’t score.


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5 It’s the first time since 1914 France haven’t beaten Luxembourg

103 years of hurt over.

6 Luxembourg have the youngest starting XI in World Cup qualifying

Not an experienced old head in sight

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Not an experienced old head in sight

And didn’t for one second look daunted.

7 And finally… Luxembourg have taken 12.5% of their total World Cup qualifying points EVER this week alone

Luxembourg's greatest week ever?

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Luxembourg’s greatest week ever?

They earned four points by beating Belarus and a draw against the French. They’ve taken 24 in their history.


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