France 4-0 Netherlands: Mbappe swings his sword at makeshift Orange

Dayot Upamecano scored the second goal as France dominated early in Paris.Photo: ANP/Maurice Van Steen

The exhausted Dutch side kicked off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 4-0 overall defeat to France in Paris.

The World Cup finalists miss Frenkie De Jong through injury and lost five players to the virus midweek, including top World Cup scorer Cody Gakpo and defender Matthijs de Ligt. It was too strong for the Orange team.

In the first official match of Ronald Koeman’s second stint as head coach, the Dutch were dominant from kick-off. Ajax midfielder Kenneth Taylor lost the ball under pressure twice in his first two minutes.

The second was fatal as Antoine Griesemann jumped in hesitation and swept the ball into the net from a one-two with Kylian Mbappe.

Five minutes later, Dayou Pamecano doubled the lead, sending the ball past Jasper Cillessen after a free kick froze the entire defense.

Then, in the 20th minute, Kylian Mbappé threw the ball past Rutscharel Gertruida and threw the ball past Cillessen. It was Orangeje’s worst start since losing 3-0 to Sweden in 1919.

Taylor was replaced by Wout Weghorst in the 33rd minute, but the Manchester United giant striker could not repeat his heroism at the World Cup against Argentina when he scored twice to force extra time in the quarter-finals. could not

Orangeyer sporadically threatened in the second half as France were content to soak up the pressure. Mbappe was forced to make a good save from Cillessen after picking up a wayward backpass from his substitute Davey Klaasen, but the World Cup’s top scorer cleared and scored his fourth goal in the 88th minute. I didn’t make a mistake when I decided.

A nightmare night for Orange capped off when Memphis Depay missed the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Captain Virgil van Dijk soberly assessed the team’s performance. “When after seven minutes he lost 2-0, it’s a tough job,” he told his NOS. “We had a bad start and had to catch up, but it was an easy game for them because of their quality.”

Koeman was candid about his team’s shortcomings after the game. “We made an unforgivable mistake against a quality team like them,” he said. “Looking at the first goal, he lost the ball 20 meters from the goal and was penalized.”

The Netherlands will play their second qualifying match in Rotterdam on Monday night against Gibraltar, who lost 3-0 at home to Greece. France 4-0 Netherlands: Mbappe swings his sword at makeshift Orange

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