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    France to Replace Griezmann with Dembele for Upcoming Semi-Final Match against Spain

    France’s midfielder #07 Antoine Griezmann applauds after the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between France and Poland at the BVB Stadion in Dortmund on June 25, 2024. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

    France’s head coach, Didier Deschamps, made a strategic decision to replace forward Antoine Griezmann with Ousmane Dembele for the upcoming Euro 2024 semi-final match against France in Munich on Tuesday.

    Mr. Griezmann has participated in four out of five matches thus far in the competition, however, he has not been able to ignite the French offense, which has yet to score without assistance.

    France has conceded three goals in the tournament, two of which were own goals and the other a penalty converted by captain Kylian Mbappe.

    The French national football team, commonly known as Les Bleus, has maintained an impressive defensive record throughout the ongoing tournament, successfully preventing any goals from being scored against them during open play. The sole goal conceded by the team resulted from a penalty kick taken by Robert Lewandowski, the renowned Polish striker.

    Due to injuries and suspensions, Spain’s coach, Luis de la Fuente, has been compelled to make three adjustments to his starting lineup. Notably, Dani Olmo will replace the injured Pedri..

    During the quarter-final match between Spain and Germany, Pedri sustained an early knee injury, necessitating his substitution. Olmo replaced Pedri and subsequently received the man of the match award for his outstanding performance, which included scoring a goal and providing an assist.

    Due to the suspensions of defenders Dani Carvajal and Robin Le Normand, the responsibility of monitoring Mbappé will fall upon Jesus Navas, aged 38, and Nacho, aged 34.

    Starting line-ups:

    Spain (4-2-3-1)

    Unai Simon; Jesus Navas, Nacho, Aymeric Laporte, Marc Cucurella; Rodri, Fabian Ruiz; Lamine Yamal, Dani Olmo, Nico Williams; Alvaro Morata (capt)

    Coach: Luis de la Fuente (ESP)

    France (4-3-3)

    Mike Maignan; Jules Kounde, Dayot Upamecano, William Saliba, Theo Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot; Ousmane Dembele, Randal Kolo Muani, Kylian Mbappe (capt)

    Coach: Didier Deschamps (FRA)

    Referee: Slavko Vincic (SLO)

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