DORTMUND: As France struggled in the first half of their 1-1 draw with Poland in Group D of Euro 2024 so captain Kylian Mbappe dashed for a animated touchline exchange with coach Didier Deschamps.

No wonder he was frustrated. France have now scored only twice in three games, once being an own goal in the opening win over Austria and here a penalty converted by Mbappe himself.

The draw means an unconvincing France finished second in Group D, the first time in Deschamps’s 12 years in charge that they have not topped a group stage table.

France again looked dangerous through wingers Ousmane Dembele and Bradley Barcola – making his first start in attack – but to little effect.

Mbappe, back from sitting out the 0-0 draw with the Netherlands, seemed uninhibited by the mask he wore to protect the broken nose that he suffered in the 1-0 opening win over Austria, powering his way past defenders with ease.

The Real Madrid-bound striker showed signs of working well with Barcola before breaking the deadlock to score his 48th goal in 81 appearances for France, but his first at a European Championship, from the penalty spot in the 56th minute.

In a sign of how France’s dominance, their 55 touches in their opponents’ penalty box were more than any team in a match so far in Germany, according to Opta.

Deschamps turned to experienced substitutes Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in an attempt to put the match beyond doubt.

But it was Poland’s veteran captain Robert Lewandowski who scored the game’s only other goal, also scoring from the spot with a re-taken penalty. This was Lewandowski’s first start in the finals after a thigh injury.

Deschamps said: “We have to accept it, even if we did what we did by creating the chances. At least we’re qualified and we know when we’ll play. A new competition will start. We’re not going to live with regrets. We could have been more efficient.”