UEFA Nations League - Group A1
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Uefa Nations League: France beat Netherlands in first home game since World Cup win

France parade their World Cup trophy at the Stade de France
France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russia to win their second World Cup

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
  • 21HernándezSubstituted forMendyat 62'minutes
  • 13Kanté
  • 6Pogba
  • 10Mbappé
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 56minsSubstituted forNzonziat 81'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forDembéléat 89'minutes

Substitutes

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

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2TeteSubstituted forJanmaatat 82'minutes
  • 3de Ligt
  • 4van Dijk
  • 5Blind
  • 6Pröpper
  • 8Wijnaldum
  • 7de Jong
  • 9PromesSubstituted forVormerat 76'minutes
  • 10Depay
  • 11BabelSubstituted 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
Attendance:
76,452

Match Stats

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

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 2, Netherlands 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 2, Netherlands 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luuk de Jong (Netherlands).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Olivier Giroud.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Luuk de Jong replaces Ryan Babel.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Daryl Janmaat replaces Kenny Tete.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Steven Nzonzi replaces Antoine Griezmann.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

    Benjamin Pavard (France) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Pavard (France).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Ruud Vormer replaces Quincy Promes.

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Ryan Babel.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 9th September 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France21102114
2Germany10100001
3Netherlands100112-10

B

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1Switzerland11006063
2Belgium00000000
3Iceland100106-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland10101101
2Italy10101101
3Portugal00000000

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain11002113
2Croatia00000000
3England100112-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine22003126
2Czech Rep100112-10
3Slovakia100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia11002113
2Sweden00000000
3Turkey100112-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze11002113
2Austria00000000
3Northern Ireland100112-10

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark11002023
2Wales21014313
3R. of Ireland100114-30

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Albania11001013
2Scotland00000000
3Israel100101-10

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Finland11001013
2Greece11001013
3Estonia100101-10
4Hungary100101-10

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bulgaria22003126
2Norway21012113
3Cyprus210123-13
4Slovenia200224-20

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia11001013
2Montenegro10100001
3Romania10100001
4Lithuania100101-10

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Georgia22003036
2Andorra10100001
3Latvia201101-11
4Kazakhstan100102-20

N

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belarus11005053
2Luxembourg11004043
3Moldova100104-40
4San Marino100105-50

O

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Faroe Islands11003123
2Azerbaijan10100001
3Kosovo10100001
4Malta100113-20

P

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1North Macedonia22004046
2Liechtenstein21013213
3Armenia210123-13
4Gibraltar200204-40
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