France National Team Beat England 3-2 Despite Playing with Ten Men
France ended the football season on a high note after beating England 3-2 in a friendly match played at the Stade De France. France managed the fabulous fete despite playing with ten men during the second half after Raphael Varane was given a red card for his foul on Dede Alli. England’s captain Harry Kane scored both of his team’s goals, but it wasn’t enough to stop France.
Kane scored the match’s first goal after nine minutes of play to give England the lead. However, 12 minutes later, Samuel Umtiti equalized after a rebounded effort. France took the lead just before half-time (43 minutes) after Djibril Sibide scored a close-range goal almost identical to Umtiti’s.
On the 48th minute, Raphael Varane was sent off the pitch after his last-man foul on Alli. Immediately after, Kane scored his second goal of the match to equalize for England. On the 78th minute, Ousmane Dembele scored the victory goal after his shot from 15 yards away found the bottom corner of England’s goal.
Highlights of the Match
England’s Kieran Trippier, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, made his international debut, while his England teammate, Tom Heaton, made his first start in goal. On the French side, Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele also got their start. The VAR (video assistant referee) was used in the match. Harry Kane was awarded the man of the match title for his incredible game. Peter Taylor, a football pundit, said that Kane was an excellent centre-forward and likened him to Alan Shearer.
As the two teams walked out, Oasis’ song ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ was played. The song was a tribute to the victims of the London and Manchester terror attacks. President Emmanuel Macron watched the whole match from the stands alongside British Premier Theresa May. The two leaders also participated in a Mexican wave.
What the Managers Said
England’s Manager Gareth Southgate said that his team played well for the entire game and noted that they created a lot of chances when they had the ball. However, he admitted that his players should improve on their work without the ball.
France’s Manager Didier Deschamps said that finishing with a win is always good especially when odds are stacked against a team. He congratulated his team for holding their own and beating England despite playing with ten men for the second half of the game.
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