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France mark World Cup celebrations by beating Netherlands

France parade their World Cup trophy at the Stade de France

World Cup winners France enjoyed a celebratory homecoming as they paraded their trophy following Nations League victory over the Netherlands.

Backed by a party atmosphere in Paris, France began the brighter and took a deserved lead through Kylian Mbappe.

Despite creating little, the visitors – who failed to qualify for Russia 2018 – found a way back through Ryan Babel.

However, Olivier Giroud’s smart finish with 16 minutes remaining was enough to hand Les Bleus the points in Group A1.

France coach Didier Deschamps named the same team that began the world champions’ goalless draw with Germany in their opening Nations League fixture on Thursday, with only the injured Hugo Lloris absent from the side that started the World Cup final in Russia.

The hosts began confidently and were gifted the lead on 14 minutes when Quincy Promes’ poor header evaded his team-mates – instead allowing Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi to find the unmarked Mbappe in the six-yard box.

Mbappe, scorer of four World Cup goals, almost had his second soon after, narrowly failing to make enough contact with Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick to trouble Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

As the French pressure continued to increase, Cillessen then did well to beat Mbappe to a through ball – and avoid giving away a penalty in the process.

The Netherlands had their first real chance on 66 minutes as Georginio Wijnaldum muscled his way through the French defence, only to drag his shot wide. A minute later they were level as former Liverpool winger Babel beat Benjamin Pavard to right-back Kenny Tete’s cross.

Now resurgent, the Dutch side went close to taking the lead soon after as Memphis Depay fired into the side-netting.

But it was Chelsea forward Giroud who settled the game, moving swiftly ahead of Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk to meet substitute Benjamin Mendy’s cross and score his first goal in 11 internationals.

The Netherlands host Germany on Saturday (19:45 BST), before the Germans travel to face France on Tuesday, 16 October (19:45 BST).

Line-ups

France

  • 16Areola
  • 2PavardBooked at 80mins
  • 4Varane
  • 5Umtiti
  • 21Hernández Substituted forMendyat 62'minutes
  • 13Kanté
  • 6Pogba
  • 10Mbappé
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 56mins Substituted forNzonziat 81'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 9Giroud Substituted forDembéléat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lecomte
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 8Lemar
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Tolisso
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 17Rami
  • 18Fekir
  • 19Sidibe
  • 20Thauvin
  • 22Mendy
  • 23Costil

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Tete Substituted forJanmaatat 82'minutes
  • 3de Ligt
  • 4van Dijk
  • 5Blind
  • 6Pröpper
  • 8Wijnaldum
  • 7de Jong
  • 9Promes Substituted forVormerat 76'minutes
  • 10Depay
  • 11Babel Substituted forde Jongat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Janmaat
  • 13Zoet
  • 14de Vrij
  • 15Aké
  • 16Strootman
  • 17van de Beek
  • 18de Roon
  • 19de Jong
  • 20Vormer
  • 21van Aanholt
  • 22Kluivert
  • 23Padt
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamNetherlands
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, France 2, Netherlands 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 2, Netherlands 1.

Alphonse Areola (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luuk de Jong (Netherlands).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Olivier Giroud.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Luuk de Jong replaces Ryan Babel.

Attempt saved. Ruud Vormer (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Daryl Janmaat replaces Kenny Tete.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Steven Nzonzi replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Delay in match Ryan Babel (Netherlands) because of an injury.

Booking

Benjamin Pavard (France) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Benjamin Pavard (France).

Ryan Babel (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Attempt blocked. Kylian Mbappé (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Ruud Vormer replaces Quincy Promes.

Goal!

Goal! France 2, Netherlands 1. Olivier Giroud (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Benjamin Mendy with a cross.

Corner, France. Conceded by Ryan Babel.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

Quincy Promes (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Goal!

Goal! France 1, Netherlands 1. Ryan Babel (Netherlands) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kenny Tete with a cross.

Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Benjamin Mendy replaces Lucas Hernández.

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Hernández.

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (France) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benjamin Pavard with a cross.

Booking

Antoine Griezmann (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (France).

Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny Tete (Netherlands).

Attempt missed. Kylian Mbappé (France) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Benjamin Pavard.

Offside, France. N’Golo Kanté tries a through ball, but Kylian Mbappé is caught offside.

Second Half

Second Half begins France 1, Netherlands 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, France 1, Netherlands 0.

Kylian Mbappé (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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