Euro 2024: the Blues, led by a Kylian Mbappé captain and author of a double, sweep the Netherlands

the essential
The Blues, radiant and carried by their star striker (two goals and an assist), largely dominated the Dutch (4-0) this Friday March 24 at the Stade de France. An ideal start in this qualifying campaign for Euro 2024.

The movie of the game

2nd: Antoine Griezmann lights the fuse. The attacking midfielder himself recovers the ball about thirty meters from the opposing goal. Relay with Kylian Mbappé on his left, the French captain again finds his number 7 who places a powerful curling recovery from the left. 1-0.

8th: Dayot Upamecano drives the point home. Wrapped free kick from Griezmann from the left side of the penalty area. The ball flies in the 5.50m, before being accompanied in the back of the net by the French defender. 2-0.

21st: Kylian Mbappé enters the dance. Perforation of Aurélien Tchouaméni in the Dutch midfield. Ball to Randal Kolo Muani who skilfully lets the ball pass to pierce the Batavian defense. Kylian Mbappé recovers behind the orange defensive curtain, and deceives Jasper Cillessen on the small side. 3-0.

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88th: the double for Kylian Mbappé, a strike at 100 km per hour! The captain collects the ball himself about 25 yards from goal. By multiples, he slaloms within the Dutch defense, replaces himself at the entrance to the opposing surface, and unleashes a timed shot at 100 km/h! 4-0.

The first goal: Mbappé’s offer to Griezmann, a beautiful symbol

The new captain of the Blues, from the 2nd minute, offered the goal of the opener to his vice-captain. The two men could both claim to wear the armband, as detailed by Didier Deschamps in the columns of The Midi Dispatch. The coach chose Mbappé, at the risk of offending Griezmann. On this match, and from the beginning, the understanding was more than cordial.

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Antoine Griezmann, the end of 16 games without a single goal scored in blue

The French vice-captain ended, this Friday, a black series under the jersey struck by the rooster, in terms of efficiency. He had not scored in selection since November 13, 2021 and an 8-0 success against Kazakhstan. During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, during which he had never found the net, the Maconnais had evolved lower on the ground.

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Kylian Mbappé: the beautiful Dutch story

This Friday, the young striker of the Blues scored his first goal as captain. Nice wink: it was also against the Netherlands that he scored the first achievement of his international career. It was August 31, 2017, in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The Bondynois knew his 5th selection, he was in play in the 75th and had scored a good quarter of an hour later.

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In defense: Didier Deschamps can have certainties

Admittedly, the Dutch opposition was not very strong. But the central defensive hinge Dayot Upamecano – Ibrahima Konaté showed signs of solidity and complementarity. The first city even scored, and the second, especially in the first period, annihilated many Batavian offensive actions, even allowing themselves a few climbs to restart the game. Note however, a yellow card taken by Konaté for a nasty foul on Malen very close to Mike Maignan’s cage.

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Mike Maignan, the icing on the cake

For his very first selection, the AC Milan goalkeeper took part in the celebration. The successor to Hugo Lloris brought the highlight of the show, pushing back the penalty from Memphis Demay, following a foul by Dayot Upamecano in the penalty area.

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The teachings

With this success, the Blues take the lead in Group B. Next match: Ireland – France, Monday March 27 in Dublin (8:45 p.m.).


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