Fresh off their World Cup victory earlier this year, France have returned to Paris and shown that they are deserving of the trophy. On the 9th September, the French national team took on The Netherlands, managing to win 2-1. This score doesn’t come as a surprise to many as France have been going from strength to strength. Here, we do a match review to let you know exactly what happened if you didn’t get a chance to watch the champions in their latest match. Keep reading to find out more.
The main star of this match comes in the form of Kylian Mbappe who shone brightly in the World Cup tournament for France. Not wanting to ruin his reputation, the young star managed to show why is one of the best in the match against Netherlands which took place in the Stade de France. Mbappe managed to draw two saves early on from Jasper Cillessen but after that he was able to take advantage of some bad defending from The Netherland’s side. In the 14th minute, Mbappe managed to score the first goal, putting them ahead of The Netherlands in a predictable way.
France were in the lead right up the one hour mark when Ryan Babel managed to score the equaliser that put The Netherlands back in the game. This came at a good time for Ronald Koeman’s men and anyone indulging in some sports betting might have started to question the money that they put on France. The French side had not heeded the warning of Georginio Wijnaldum who was bustling into the box to drag wide. Of course, sites like Stakers might have altered their sports betting odds due to this goal, but France were still on their way to winning this match.
Despite The Netherlands coming back into the game later on, France managed to take the lead again thanks to one of their best players. Chelsea striker Giroud, who did not have the best performance during the World Cup with no goals at all managed to find an opportunity to take a shot. After 10 goal-less matches, Giroud scored thanks to Benjamin Mendy’s great cross, giving France the motivation that they needed to proceed with the game.
Throughout the game, Babel and Daley Blind managed to botch some clearances and these were compounded when Quincy Promes managed to head into the path of Blaise Matuidi. This then meant that Mbappe was able to tap into the low cross of the Juventus midfielder.
Next, we saw Kenny Tete charge down the right past Mendy and Babel was able to deliver his shot towards the nearest post. Memphis Depay saw the opportunity and lashed into the side netting resulted in him wasting a chance to help his team more in the 71st minute.
Finally, France made a good decision and finished the game 2-1 despite some missed opportunities throughout the game.
What We Can Take From This?
From this game, it is clear that France know what they are doing and that they are going to be setting the pace for this competition. Although this was their first game back in their home ground, they did previously play their first match against Germany earlier in the week in Munich. The game resulted in a 0-0 draw, but this win puts them at the front of their group as the season progresses. For The Netherlands, they need to do well in their other games in order to get off the mark and come back fighting if they want to be in with a chance of getting far.
Victory For Giroud
Another thing to take from this is that Giroud does have it in him to score, despite his lack of goals in Russia. He has previously been putting himself down due to his poor performance and French fans have been struggling to support his goal-less games. Now, he can progress on with the competition and show his worth to the team as he has now scored his 32nd goal for France.
Mendy Needs To Improve
A final analysis that can be made from this match is that Mendy needs to do more for his team. He has got the skills to attack but he needs to improve on his defence. When the equaliser took place, he was simply a spectator and he needs to play a more active role if he wants to impress French fans and help his team to more victories. If he can tighten up his defence, he can do better in future matches and be more well-rounded.
France did very well to win this game although it may have been expected that they would. They celebrated in style, bringing out their World Cup trophy for the first time in their home stadium. Fans all over France watched on as the players showed how proud they are of themselves and how much they love playing for their country. It may be too early to predict who might win this competition, but we can be sure that France are in with a chance.