France Defeats Netherlands in First Game at Home Since Winning the World Cup
France and the Netherlands are no strangers when it comes to great battles on the football field, and their latest matchup did not disappoint as these two squads once again battled until the very end. Unfortunately for the Netherlands and their fans, the final result was all too familiar.
Olivier Giroud was the late game hero as his goal turned out to be the game winner in France’s dramatic 2-1 victory. The win for the current world champions was their first in UEFA Nations League play.
According to Sky Sports, Giroud’s game-winner came with 15 minutes left in regular time. The goal also was a huge one for Giroud personally as it helped him climb the ladder of France’s all-time scoring list in international play. Goal No. 32 for Giroud catapulted him past Zinedine Zidane and placed him at number four overall, only trailing legends Thierry Henry, Michel Platini, and David Trezeguet.
Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring when he blasted in the first goal of the game at the 14-minute mark to give France the 1-0 lead. The Netherlands struck back in the second half of play when Ryan Babel tied the score at minute 65. While Babel gave his team something to cheer about, the cheers where diminished less than 10 minutes later when Giroud scored the eventual game-winning goal.
The victory for France helped them continue their recent domination over the Dutch as it ran their winning streak to five consecutive.
It was also a magical night for a host of other reasons, but the most important for the fans of team France was that it was the first time that France played a home contest since being crowned World Cup champions back in July.
France’s next match is scheduled for October 11 when they face off against Iceland in International Friendly play. Five days later on the 16th, France will take on Germany in UEFA Nations League action.
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