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France and Kante’s impenetrable defence clash with Spain’s attacking prowess in Euro 2024 semi-final

Tonight is the highly anticipated Euro 2024 semi-final clash between France and Spain. It promises to be a thrilling encounter between two of Europe’s football powerhouses, as they use contrasting tactics.

France’s defensive strength is highlighted by the fact that all four of their goals in Euro 2024 have been either own goals (2) or penalties (2). Remarkably, neither France nor their opponents have scored with their combined total of 94 non-penalty shots so far.

N’Golo Kante has been playing a crucial role in the team’s defensive actions. Remarkably, France has not conceded a single goal in the 451 minutes with Kante on the pitch during Euro 2024. The achievement marks the most minutes played by a European player in a major tournament (EURO/World Cup) without a goal being conceded while they are on the field.

Kante’s impact extends beyond this tournament. He has set a new record by remaining unbeaten in 20 games with France at major tournaments. The impressive streak includes 13 wins and 7 draws, making it the longest unbeaten run by any European player.

On the other hand, Spain’s attacking prowess is embodied by Fabian Ruiz, who has been instrumental in their journey to the semi-finals. Ruiz has scored more goals than any other Spanish player (2) and has also recorded the joint-most assists (2) and shots (11) at the competition for his nation. Spain’s dynamic attack will undoubtedly test France’s solid defence, setting the stage for an exciting encounter.