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March 5, 2014 3:00 PM EST
Stade de France — Paris
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
 
 
 
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Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
France
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France 2-0 Netherlands: Deschamps' side outclasses Oranje

Les Bleus ran out deserved winners against the Dutch in their first match since qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil

Friendly Ron Vlaar Eliaquim Mangala France Netherlands 03052014
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France recorded its first win over the Netherlands since 1997, as it earned a 2-0 result courtesy of goals from Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi.

After failing to convert earlier openings at the Stade de France, Benzema opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark with a clinical half-volley from 15 yards.

And Matuidi's first international goal made it 2-0 before the break, with the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder capping off a fine flowing move with a sumptuous finish. 

France was by far the better side throughout the contest and would have further enhanced the scoreline had Raphael Varane not wasted a good opportunity in the second half. 

The Netherlands, which saw Kevin Strootman taken off with an injury in the first period, struggled to create any chances of note, much to the frustration of coach Louis van Gaal.

A cautious start to the game saw 19 minutes go by before the first shot on target was recorded, but Benzema was unlucky not to open the scoring when it finally arrived.

Mathieu Valbuena's cross from the right found debutant Antoine Griezmann at the back post, with the Real Sociedad man cushioning a volley to Benzema only for his header from six yards to be blocked by Ron Vlaar.

Just before the half-hour mark, Hugo Lloris was called into action for the first time as Robin van Persie controlled a right-wing corner at the back post and lashed a shot towards goal. The Tottenham keeper parried before Vlaar scooped the loose ball over the crossbar.

Having wasted his first chance, Benzema then made no mistake with a superb finish on 32 minutes.

The Real Madrid striker outpaced Bruno Martins Indi to latch on to a through ball from Paul Pogba and fired the ball across Cillessen into the far corner without breaking stride.

And France doubled the lead four minutes before the break, with a flowing move resulting in Matuidi's maiden goal for his country.

Benzema released Valbuena on the right, before the Marseille forward chipped his cross into the penalty area for Matuidi to acrobatically volley past Cillessen.

Varane should have followed his club-mate Benzema onto the scoresheet on 59 minutes as he wriggled free in the penalty area to meet a Valbuena cross.

The defender got ahead of his marker but his off-target header failed to test Cillessen.

Second-half changes saw the game lose some of its momentum, and while France continued to pose the greater threat, genuine chances were few and far between.

Substitute Franck Ribery nearly capped off an impressive performance from Didier Deschamps' men with a late goal, but the Bayern Munich forward saw his low drive from the edge of the penalty area smothered by Cillessen.



France

25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.00
26
Mathieu Debuchy
Defender
87′
3.50
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
46′
3.00
2
Raphaël Varane
Defender
3.50
22
3.50
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
32′ 41′
4.00
28
Mathieu Valbuena
Midfielder
41′ 63′
4.00
6
Paul Pogba
Midfielder
81′
3.50
6
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
77′
3.50
7
3.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
32′ 81′
4.00

Netherlands

2.00
22
2.00
5
1.50
17
Daley Blind
Defender
52′
3.00
23
3.00
4
Ron Vlaar
Defender
3.50
16
Jordy Clasie
Midfielder
3.50
6
2.50
-
Quincy Promes
Midfielder
1.50
10
2.00
-
3.00
20

Substitutes

30
Steve Mandanda
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
 - 
3
 - 
3
Lucas Digne
Defender
46′
 - 
6
 - 
17
 - 
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
63′
2.50
19
Guilavogui
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
7
Moussa Sissoko
Midfielder
81′
 - 
7
 - 
14
Loïc Remy
Striker
68′
2.50
12
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
41
Jeroen Zoet
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
33
2.00
44
Karim Rekik
Defender
52′
 - 
10
Arjen Robben
Midfielder
 - 
39
Davy Klaassen
Midfielder
72′
 - 
10
Siem de Jong
Midfielder
2.00
8
Stijn Schaars
Midfielder
39′
 - 
11
Dirk Kuyt
Striker
 - 
25
 - 
22

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0