France 0-0 Netherlands LIVE! Match streams, latest Euro 2024 qualifiers scores and goals updates today
A blockbuster heavyweight showdown in Paris headlines the first round of Euro 2024 qualifying. France return to action at home tonight for the first time since their heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat in the Euro 2024 final. World Cup against Argentina in Qatar three months ago. With a host of experienced stars having since retired, Blues captain Kylian Mbappe was selected ahead of Antoine Griezmann.
It’s a tough first assignment for France, who handed coach Didier Deschamps a contract extension in January, on the road to Germany next summer, with the Netherlands also set to compete for top spot. of a group B also containing the Republic of Ireland, Greece and Gibraltar. The Dutch were also beaten by Argentina at the World Cup and now have Ronald Koeman back in charge following the retirement of Louis van Gaal.
Koeman’s preparations for that opener have been less than ideal, with his side hit by a virus this week, leading to young trio Lutsharel Geertruida, Kenneth Taylor and Xavi Simons making their first starts. Randal Kolo Muani is preferred to Olivier Giroud by Deschamps, meanwhile. Follow France against the Netherlands in the Euro 2024 qualifiers live below!
AIM! France 1-0 Netherlands | Antoine Griezmann 2′
2 min : What a start for the Blues!
TO START UP
We’re on our way to this huge Group B qualifier!
France are in white tonight with blue shorts, while the Netherlands continue their slightly jarring two-tone orange World Cup effort.
We’ll have a minute of applause before kick-off to remember late icon France Just Fontaine.
The man who holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup sadly passed away earlier this month at the age of 89.
One of the most moving interpretations of La Marseillaise you will ever hear.
Stuff that tingles the spine.
Here are the Paris teams! Led by respective captains Mbappe and Van Dijk.
A loud roar from what should be a full crowd at the Stade de France.
“Allez Les Bleus” is already echoing on the pitch as the players line up for the national anthems.
‘Wilhelmus’ will be followed by ‘La Marseillaise’…
A tribute to five players who have totaled 454 selections from France between them.
Benzema, Lloris and Varane will obviously be particularly important failures.
The international retirement of Manchester United defender Varane came as a surprise to many, given that he is still only 29 years old.
Retired quartet Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Steve Mandanda and Blaise Matuidi are all honored on the pitch before kick-off in Paris.
A nice touch from the Blues.
Karim Benzema has meanwhile rejected an invitation to the ceremony.
Final preparations at the Stade de France! Kick off for this massive Group B curtain raiser is just over 10 minutes away.
Here is the man of the hour!
France’s new captain soaks up the adulation of his adoring fans in Paris.
World Cup changes
By the way, that makes four changes in total for the France squad who last appeared in the World Cup final in Qatar three months ago.
Retired Hugo Lloris and Raphael Varane make way for Mike Maignan and Ibrahima Konate, while the injured Ousmane Dembele is replaced by Kingsley Coman. Randal Kolo Muani is above Olivier Giroud, as we said.
It was six changes from the Dutch who also lost to eventual champions Argentina on penalties after a thriller, but in the round of 16.
Only Jurrien Timber, captain Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake and Memphis Depay retain their starting places.
Andries Noppert, Denzel Dumfries, Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo and Steven Bergwijn are all unavailable, while Daley Blind is on the bench as he hopes to reach a century of international caps tonight.
Jasper Cillessen, Lutsharel Geertruida, Kenneth Taylor, Georginio Wijnaldum, Steven Berghuis and Xavi Simons all enter.