A rather incredible result has occurred at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France tonight.
Take a team full of superstars such as Paul Pogba, Antoine Greizmann, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and N’Golo Kante, among other European football stalwarts. A team that crushed the Netherlands just three days ago.
Put them against a team made up from a country with just over half a million people, who lost to the Cape Verde Islands back in March.
The result? A goalless draw.
The odds on a France win ranged from 1/25 right up to 1/100, which illustrates the extraordinary nature of the match. What also puts the result into perspective is the shot total of the French team – no less than 34 shots on goal, with only nine on target.
This was no friendly either. As a World Cup Qualifier, France now lead Sweden by only a point atop Group A with just two games to go.
The teamsheets showcase the herculean task that lowly Luxembourg had in front of them.
France: Hugo Lloris, Samuel Umtiti, Laurent Koscielny, Layvin Kurzawa, Djibril Sidibe, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappé , Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud
Subs: Kingsley Coman, Nabil Fekir, Alexandre Lacazette, Christophe Jallet, Blaise Matuidi, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Aréola, Florian Thauvin, Lucas Digne, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, Presnel Kimpembe.
Luxembourg: Jonathan Joubert, Kevin Malget, Chris Philipps, Mathias Janisch, Laurent Jans, Christopher Martins Pereira, Aldin Skenderovic, Daniel Da Mota Alves (Daniel Sinani), Olivier Thill, David Turpel (Dwayn Holter), Vincent Thill (Gerson Rodrigues)
France's starting XI tonight cost their current clubs: £400,840,000.
Luxembourg's starting XI tonight cost their current clubs: £27,720.
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) September 3, 2017
The likes of Greizmann and Pogba hit the woodwork and worked hard to break the deadlock, but to no avail.
The minnows even had a chance of their own.
— Luis Melville (@LuisMelville) September 3, 2017
Luxembourg have avoided defeat against France for the first time since 1914.
The 103-year wait for a point comes to an end. 💪 pic.twitter.com/2fqCMyC8cg
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 3, 2017
For those putting France in their accas at such abysmal odds – let that genuinely be a lesson to you. I have no sympathy for you at all!
— 𝔾𝕠𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕥𝕙 (@GoliathTipping) September 3, 2017
😲 France held at home by a team ranked 136th in the world.
👏🇱🇺 Luxembourg 🇱🇺👏 pic.twitter.com/4yjvRlKMjS
— bet365 (@bet365) September 3, 2017