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France v Netherlands Live Commentary, 31/08/2017

FT
4 - 0
FRA
NED
A. Griezmann (14)
T. Lemar (73)
T. Lemar (88)
K. Mbappé (90+1)
Stade de France

Commentary

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France go top of Group A with a fantastic performance tonight to beat the Netherlands four-nil. Griezmann gave the hosts a lead early in the first half, before Strootman was sent off for two yellow cards midway through the second period. Lemar then scored a superb volley to wrap up the victory. However, France weren't finished as they took advantage of the tired Netherlands players. Lemar and Mbappe getting the third and fourth goals, to complete a rampant win.
FULL TIME: FRANCE 4-0 NETHERLANDS
That's the full-time whistle!
D. Sidibé
Assist
France
More excellent link-up play between Sidibé and Mbappe, which leads to the fourth goal with Sidibé putting it on a plate for the 18 year-old.
K. Mbappé
Goal
France
GOOOAAALLL! IT'S FOUR! Mbappé has already had a brilliant day after signing for PSG earlier today, he is now on the scoresheet for his country! Superb feet from Mbappe as he twists and turns on the edge of the box, lays it off for Sidibe, who returns the favour, with Mbappe sweeping the ball home. Excellent.
N. Fekir
A. Griezmann
France
France make their third and final substitution with Antoine Griezmann the man heading off the pitch and he is replaced by Nabil Fekir.
A. Griezmann
Assist
France
Brilliant play by Griezmann, he could have gone on to score himself but instead he played it across goal to Lemar who simply couldn't miss!
T. Lemar
Goal
France
GOOOAAALLL! FRANCE HAVE THREE! Lemar has his second goal of the evening! France broke with pace and power on the counter-attack, with Griezmann breaking through with just the keeper to beat, but instead of going for goal himself, he squares it across goal to the waiting Lemar and Lacazette and it is Lemar who nicks it off the Arsenal strikers toes, to make it three-nil!
L. Kurzawa
Yellow Card
France
Another caution by the referee in quick succession, this time the yellow card is shown to Layvin Kurzawa.
A. Lacazette
Yellow Card
France
Just moments after coming onto the pitch, Lacazette has been shown a yellow card.
News of a massive goal in Sofia! Bulgaria now lead Sweden 3-2. If it stays like this then France will be three points ahead of Sweden at the top of Group A.
France are going clear at the top of Group A as it stands, with Sweden still drawing 2-2 in Bulgaria.
A. Lacazette
K. Coman
France
Another France change as Kingsley Coman comes off and he is replaced by Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette.
NETHERLANDS CHANCE! Fosu-Mensah has done well tonight, he has been forced to defend for large periods tonight. However, the full-back stretched his legs there, racing down the wing and with only van Persie available in the middle, he fired a shot at goal but he gets is all wrong and it doesn't come close to troubling Lloris.
Since the second goal has gone in, the Netherlands are being well and truely opened up here and France look like the could score plenty more. Kurzawa is the latest player to have a goalscoring chance, but the full-back blazes his effort over the top from close range after the ball bounced up nicely, perfect for the volley.
K. Mbappé
O. Giroud
France
France make their first substitution of the game with Olivier Giroud the player coming off and he is replaced by the new PSG signing, Kylian Mbappé.
T. Lemar
Goal
France
WHAT A GOAL! FRANCE DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Thomas Lemar has scored his first international goal in his sixth appearance and what a fantastic goal it is! The Monaco winger drills a wonderful left-footed colley straight into the top right-hand corner of the net, giving Cillessen no chance of saving it! Victory is surely wrapped up now.
POGBA CHANCE! It was brilliant play by Pogba, easily getting past two Dutch defenders, before dribbling his way into the box and from just six yards out he only has the keeper to beat, thanks to an excellent dummy run by Giroud. However, his shot is straight at Cillessen who makes a superb save.
WHAT A CHANCE! How did Robben not just score?! Instead of aiming his header at goal, he tries to head it back across goal towards van Persie. Promes picked out Robben at the back post, he had the whole goal to aim at, but elects to head back across goal, only for Umtiti to head clear from under his own crossbar. Best chance of the game for the Dutch.
Pogba has been much quieter in this second half, he hasn't been able to get onto the ball as much and dominate central midfield.
STAT: This is van Persie's first appearance for the Netherlands since October 2015 and overall this is his 102nd international appearance, only with being his countries record goalscorer with 50 goals.
R. van Persie
V. Janssen
Netherlands
Here comes the latest Netherlands substitution with Vincent Janssen the man coming off and he is replaced by Robin van Persie. There appear to be a few jeers coming from the Dutch supporters at that substitution, as Janssen hasn't done much wrong, he has just been very isolated.
Griezmann tries his luck at goal from the resulting free-kick which saw Strootman sent off. The Atletico striker got his effort over the wall and it was dipping into the right-hand corner of the net, but there is not enough pace on the shot and Cillessen moves across and comfortably gathers the ball.
RED CARD! Strootman has been shown a second yellow card for a foul on Griezmann, the Netherlands players are furious as they feel that the Frenchmen has exaggerated the tackle and got Strootman sent off. However, the referee has already given the midfielder his marching orders and the Netherlands are down to 10 men.
HOW DID HE NOT SCORE! It was great play from Coman as he gets to the byline, he fires it across for Kante to tap home, but De Vrij is across to make the block. A vital block that has surely saved a certain goal.
It looks like the Netherlands may need to look to their substitute bench once again, especially in the attacking department as Janssen is still very isolated on his own and is cutting a frustrated figure. Perhaps a chance for Robin van Persie to mark his recall to the squard with a goal?
K. Strootman
Yellow Card
Netherlands
The second yellow card of the game is shown to Kevin Strootman, after a blatant foul on N'Golo Kante in central midfield as the Chelsea man tried to break forward.
We have a stoppage in play here as Laurent Koscielny is down in the Netherlands penalty area, following a coming together with Robben which went unnoticed by the officials, but on second looking it could have quite easy have been a penalty. With the Dutch skipper clearly striking the Arsenal defenders ankle. It looks like he will be fine to continue.
Despite a much better showing from the Dutch, they are failing to create anything going forward and threaten to get back into the game. Meanwhile France look like they could score every time they are in the final third. Giroud has just has just had a shot well blocked from the penalty area, then Pogba's low shot is comfortably saved by Cillessen.
The Netherlands have started this half already much better than the opening half, there is much more pace and energy about the side now, not allowing the French players as much time and space on the ball.
STAT: France and Netherlands have previously met 25 times. While Les Bleus have won 12 contests, the Dutch have been on the right side of the result 10 times, with the other three matches ending in a draw.
The second half is underway!
T. Vilhena
W. Sneijder
Netherlands
The Netherlands have made a substitution ahead of the second half, with Wesley Sneijder the man not coming back out and he is replaced by Tonny Vilhena.
France have dominated this game and deservedly hold a one-nil leads thanks to a Antoine Griezmann goal after 14 minutes. However, the hosts will be disappointed to only have a single goal lead having kept the Netherlands pinned in their own half. Oranje have offered little threat down the other end and a second goal will surely wrap up the victory for France.
HALF-TIME: FRANCE 1-0 NETHERLANDS
That's the half-time whistle!
Vincent Janssen finally seems to get his first few real touches of the game, however, he has had to venture back into his own half to do so! Something needs to change at the break if the Netherlands are going to get anything out of this fixture.
Didier Deschamps will be wondering how his side have only scored one goal so far, with just a few minutes to go before the half-time break. France have dominated but need to improve on their final ball and decision making once they get into the final third.
Kingsley Coman has been terrific down the right flank for Les Bleus, just lacking the final ball at times. The winger broke forward, got to the edge of the box and looked for Griezmann in the middle, but gets his all wrong! However, his sliced effort almost catches Cillessen out, who has to tip over. A devious attempt at goal!
With Sweden losing against Bulgaria in one of the other Group A games tonight, this is a real opportunity for France to boost their hopes of finishing top of the group. Goal difference could be crucial in this group, they are currently two behind the Swedes but with their dominance so far tonight, they will be hoping they can net a few more and increase their goal difference.
France have to turn this dominance into a second goal with just 10 minutes to go until the half-time whistle. Sidibe and Coman linked up well moments ago down the right but the latters final ball into the box towards Giroud is too heavy and the Arsenal striker is unable to get a toe on the end of it.
The Dutch players are chasing shadows at the moment, with France edging ever closer to a second goal. Their domaniance in possession is keeping the Netherlands penned in their own half for large periods of the game and Janssen is looking extremley isolated up front.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is playing well on his international debut for the Netherlands, despite his team underperforming here tonight. The Crystal Palace defender is coping well against Lemar and Griezmann and looks full of energy going forward, to try and push his side forward.
The home supporters are delighted with the football that their side are playing here tonight, with the Mexican Wave going all around the Stade de France. A second French goal would surely wrap up victory here.
The Netherlands are really struggling to string any passing together in the French half, all of their possession is in their own half, due to a lack of movement by the forward players and good pressure by the hosts, therefore the Dutch are sitting deeper and deeper and are being forced to play the ball back to their goalkeeper in order to retain possession.
STAT: France have won four, drawn one, and lost two of their last seven meetings with Netherlands. It is all one way traffic here at the Stade de France so far.
The Netherlands look short of ideas and confidence here at the moment, with France looking stronger in every department here tonight. However, they do now have a corner to try and get back into the game... The corner taken by Wesley Sneijder is easily snatched out of the air by Hugo Lloris.
The opportunity to whip the ball into the box from the free-kick given away by Griezmann was wasted by Arjen Robben, his ball into the box fails to beat the first man and France easily clear the danger.
A. Griezmann
Yellow Card
France
The French goalscorer Griezmann is the first player to receive a yellow card here tonight, he tracked back Quincy Promes after a Dutch break, but his tackle was poor and rightly so a card was shown.
O. Giroud
Assist
France
It was excellent link-up play between Giroud and Griezmann to set up the latter for the opening goal of the game. Just what you want to see between your two frontmen.
A. Griezmann
Goal
France
GOOOAAALLL! FRANCE LEAD! Antoine Griezmann with a confident and assured finish through the legs of Jasper Cillessen. The Atletico striker never looked like missing after a wonderful one-two with Giroud on the edge of the box, Griezmann then received the ball back around 10 yards into the penalty area and with no Dutch defenders near him, he finished with ease.
France look by far the more dangerous team at the moment, Paul Pogba is domianting the central midfield position and directing all of the forward play for his team.
STAT: France have lost just one of their last 18 World Cup Qualifiers – winning the last four by an aggregate scoreline of 12-2.
CHANCE LES BLEUS! France go very close to taking the lead here tonight, with Giroud just inches away from a cross which looked to be on its way into the back of the net. However, Wesley Hoedt does brilliantly to get back and usher the ball out of play. The resulting corner is taken by Thomas Lemar and is met by Laurent Koscielny at the far post but he does for goal with his header, he perhaps should have directed his effort back across goal towards a number of his teammates.
We could expect to see a high scoring match here, as France have scored at least three goals in seven of their last nine home matches, and Netherlands have been involved in high scoring affairs in seven of their last 11 on the road.
Les Bleus have now settled into this game the better of the two sides, they are passing the ball around the pitch well and look dangerous going forward with the youth and pace of their star men. An early goal here could be massive, especially with the home supporters expecting so much from their team.
Both sides are trying to settle into this and get some possession going. Antoine Griezmann looks like he is playing just off Olivier Giroud up top for France, whilst Vincent Janssen is on his own up front. The Spurs striker will be hoping to get a run of form going here, ahead of a second season with Totttenham were he endured a tough spell.
The Netherlands have dropped to their lowest ever FIFA ranking of 36 after a poor few years, despite finishing third at the 2014 World Cup. They will face a tough ask to beat France here in their own patch tonight.
We're underway!
The teams are out here at the Stade de France and kick off is almost upon us. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
TEAM NEWS: Crystal Palace new boy Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been handed his senior debut this evening. There are three more Premier League defenders in all starting for the Oranje tonight. Vincent Janssen starts up front, despite a rumoured loan move away from Spurs.
TEAM NEWS: Thomas Lemar starts tonight for his sixth international cap, despite heavy interest from Liverpool and Arsenal ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline. Kylian Mbappe is on the bench for Les Blues, with his move to Paris Saint-Germain now completed. Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba are also handed starting spots, with N'Golo Kante preferred to Blaise Matuidi in midfield as Deschamps mixes it up.
NETHERLANDS SUBS: Depay, Dost, Martins Indi, Propper, Rekik, Stekelenburg, Vilhena, Veltman, Zoet, de Ligt, van Ginkel, van Persie.
NETHERLANDS (4-2-3-1): Cillessen; Fosu-Mensah, De Vrij, Hoedt, Blind; Wijnaldum, Strootman; Robben (C), Sneijder, Promes; Janssen
FRANCE SUBS: Areola, Digne, Fekir, Jallet, Kimpembe, Lacazette, Mandanda, Matuidi, Mbappe, Rabiot, Thauvin, Zouma.
FRANCE (4-4-2): Lloris (C); Sidibe, Koscielny, Umtiti, Kurzawa; Coman, Pogba, Kante, Lemar; Giroud, Griezmann
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS...
Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps' France have been in mixed form since the Euro 2016 final appearance in Paris, winning seven, drawing two and losing two of their 11 games.
So far, the Dutch have struggled in World Cup qualification, as they have lost two of their six qualifying matches so far and drawn another, putting them third in the table and three points behind the top spot holders. Defeat against Bulgaria in March cost Danny Blind his job as coach with Dick Advocaat taking over.
The Netherlands lost 1-0 at home to Didier Deschamps’ side in the reverse fixture, due to Paul Pogba’s a spectacular 30-yard strike. Another loss would leave the Netherlands with a lot of work to do to qualify for next year’s World Cup, more disappointment after they failed to qualify for Euro 2016.
France and the Netherlands face each other in a crucial World Cup 2018 qualifying. Les Bleus will be looking to take a major step towards qualifying for next summer’s World Cup and inflict damage on the Netherlands’ chances in the process. France are second in Group A behind leaders Sweden, however, they are only ahead of the Dutch by three points.
Good evening and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the World Cup qualifier between France and the Netherlands.