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Netherlands 2-3 France

Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
Netherlands fans unfurled a giant banner of an iconic Cruyff image during the minute's applause

The Netherlands' home friendly against France was stopped after 14 minutes for a minute's applause to remember Dutch great Johan Cruyff.

Former Ajax and Barcelona star Cruyff, who famously wore the number 14 shirt, died of cancer aged 68 on Thursday.

A minute's silence for the former Dutch captain and coach was planned, but the tribute turned into a standing ovation from fans at the Amsterdam Arena.

Blaise Matuidi, France's number 14, hit a late winner in the 3-2 away win.

The Netherlands, who play England at Wembley on Tuesday, fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to level, only for the French captain to dampen the mood on an emotional night in the Dutch capital.

Cruyff, who was named European footballer of the year three times, helped the Dutch reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to West Germany.

Flowers and a number 14 shirt were left on an empty seat in the VIP area.

Each Dutch shirt had Cruyff's iconic number printed on the right sleeve, but none of the home players wore the number 14 jersey itself.

An image of Cruyff appeared on the stadium's big screen during the minute's applause, with all 22 players pausing to join in the tribute.

"It was special," said France coach Didier Deschamps. "A great man like Johan Cruyff deserved such a tribute and the stadium responded to him."

Netherlands coach Danny Blind said his side's performance was not affected by the occasion.

He added: "I'm not going to blame that. Once the whistle goes, you have to be ready like a pro.

"We were unfortunate with the first goal. The second goal, we did not do well."

Earlier on Friday, Dutch football association (KNVB) president Michael van Praag suggested the 53,000-capacity Amsterdam Arena could be renamed in honour of one of the city's most famous sons.

"I can't wait for the moment when we rename our stadium the Johan Cruyff Arena. It's the best tribute we can pay him," said Van Praag.

Amsterdam officials said they were discussing the suggestion, but also had to consult Cruyff's family in the matter, as well as other major sponsors.

Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
Cruyff's son Jordi, the former Manchester United player, posted this emotional message on Twitter midway through the match
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
An image of Cruyff appeared on the Amsterdam Arena's big screen in the 14th minute
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
Another banner inside the stadium simply read 'Johan, thanks'
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
Dutch skipper Wesley Sneijder joined in the minute's applause
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
Both sets of players wore black armbands throughout the game
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
Each Dutch shirt had '14' printed on the right sleeve - the number Cruyff wore with such distinction
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
There was also a minute's silence before kick-off in memory of the 34 victims of the Brussels bomb attacks in Belgium on Tuesday
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
France striker Olivier Giroud pointed to the heavens after scoring his side's second goal
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante made his France debut when he was introduced as a half-time substitute
Johan Cruyff tribute during Netherlands v France
West Ham forward Dimitri Payet made his first international appearance since June, impressing throughout for the French and hitting the Dutch post with a second-half shot

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Veltman
  • 3Bruma
  • 4van DijkSubstituted forAfellayat 45'minutes
  • 8Blind
  • 5WillemsSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 78'minutes
  • 7KlaassenSubstituted forWijnaldumat 76'minutes
  • 6ClasieSubstituted forDepayat 45'minutes
  • 10SneijderSubstituted forBazoerat 37'minutes
  • 9de JongSubstituted forJanssenat 82'minutes
  • 11Promes

Substitutes

  • 12Karsdorp
  • 13Letschert
  • 15van Aanholt
  • 16Bazoer
  • 17Wijnaldum
  • 18Narsingh
  • 19Huntelaar
  • 20Afellay
  • 21Depay
  • 22Janssen
  • 23Zoet
  • 24Vermeer

France

  • 16Mandanda
  • 2Jallet
  • 4Varane
  • 21Koscielny
  • 3EvraSubstituted forDigneat 45'minutes
  • 19PogbaSubstituted forSissokoat 87'minutes
  • 12DiarraSubstituted forKantéat 45'minutes
  • 14MatuidiBooked at 69mins
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forMartialat 45'minutes
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forGignacat 73'minutes
  • 8Payet

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 5Sakho
  • 6Cabaye
  • 10Gignac
  • 11Martial
  • 13Kanté
  • 15Sagna
  • 17Digne
  • 18Sissoko
  • 20Coman
  • 22Mathieu
  • 23Costil
Referee:
Felix Zwayer

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 2, France 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Netherlands 2, France 3.

Corner, France. Conceded by Jeffrey Bruma.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 2, France 3. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Moussa Sissoko (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Netherlands).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Paul Pogba.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 2, France 2. Ibrahim Afellay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Memphis Depay following a corner.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Paul Pogba.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Blaise Matuidi.

Attempt missed. Dimitri Payet (France) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by André-Pierre Gignac.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Vincent Janssen replaces Luuk de Jong.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dimitri Payet with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jeffrey Bruma (Netherlands).

André-Pierre Gignac (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Patrick van Aanholt replaces Jetro Willems.

Foul by Joël Veltman (Netherlands).

Anthony Martial (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Davy Klaassen.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Christophe Jallet.

Substitution

Substitution, France. André-Pierre Gignac replaces Olivier Giroud.

Attempt saved. Davy Klaassen (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

Attempt missed. Jetro Willems (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Blaise Matuidi (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Riechedly Bazoer (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

Davy Klaassen (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (France).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jetro Willems (Netherlands) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (France) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Foul by Quincy Promes (Netherlands).

Lucas Digne (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joël Veltman (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Martial (France).

Daley Blind (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Martial (France).

Corner, France. Conceded by Jeffrey Bruma.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

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