France Celebrate World Cup Victory With Win Over The Netherlands
The triumphant return to their home stadium by World Cup winners France prompted a huge party with Les Blues showing off the trophy won during this Summer's tournament in Russia. A UEFA Nations League victory over The Netherlands proved to be the precursor to the huge party enjoyed by the team and their fans on an exciting night at the Stade de France.
Sky Sports reports every member of the World Cup winning squad was introduced to an expectant crowd following a nervy 2-1 victory over a rebuilt Dutch team. The game saw the continued excellence of teenage forward Kylian Mbappe, who scored four goals during the World Cup in Russia. MbAppe's goal and a second from Chelsea forward, Olivier Giroud topped a night of celebration as the French team made a winning start to the UEFA Nations League Group A1 campaign.
That is not to say a recently struggling Dutch team failed to play their part in a game the French began with a swagger. The Netherlands could thank their goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen for the score remaining close after Mbappe tapped in his goal from inside the six-yard box; the goalkeeper would make a stunning save from the teenaged French striker a few minutes later before the Dutch began to grow into the game.
The French took a one-goal lead into halftime before The Netherlands became the dominant team during the second half. Ryan Babel brought the scores level before former Manchester United forward, Memphis Depay came closest to breaking the deadlock for The Netherlands. Eventually, the quality of France began to show once again and a triumphant return to Paris was capped by an excellent finish by the Chelsea forward Giroud on 74 minutes.
The victory was only the start of the celebrations for France as the team was introduced to a packed stadium after the game to parade the trophy around the Stade de France. Injured captain Hugo Lloris and coach Didier Deschamps completed a lap of honor with the World Cup trophy as the World Cup celebrations continued across Paris.
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