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Netherlands 1-2 France Player Ratings – Here, we round up all the action from Amsterdam, in the 30th meeting between these sides. France stayed perfect in UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying to all but secure their spot in Germany next year.
Ronald Koeman handed debuts to four players, in a bid to shake things up against the 2022 World Cup Finalists. The Dutch had lost heavily in the previous meeting in Paris, but were unable to avoid another defeat.
Didier Deschamps was relying on his captain Kylian Mbappé to lead the team to a sixth straight win in the qualifiers, and the Paris Saint-Germain forward got off to a blistering start with his 41st goal for Les Bleus. By the end of ninety minutes he had a brace, the visitors remain perfect.
The home fans will take some heart from Quilindschy Hartman’s late goal, and the assured performance in the middle from fellow first-timer Joey Veerman.
(Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport)
Netherlands 1-2 France Player Ratings
7′ – (Goal) Kylian Mbappé opens the scoring with his first sniff at goal, well worked move down right
29′ – Veerman booked for bringing down Mbappé in full flight
36′ – Rabiot mistake sees Simons force a great save by Maignan low to his right
44′ – Netherlands come close again, Veerman’s shot from distance almost beat Maignan
51′ – Dumfries goes into the book for bundling over Theo Hernández
53′ – (Goal) Mbappé surpasses Platini in the goal-scoring standings with a fantastic curler into the corner
55′ – The Oranje have the ball in the net, but Aké was adjudged offside before his pass to Malen
82′ – Malen fires just wide on the turn after good work by Frimpong
83′ – (Goal) Hartman scores on his debut, great combination with Bergwijn
86′ – Mbappé close to his hattrick, a long shot crashes off the crossbar
Star Man – Kylian Mbappé- 8.5/10
The 24-year-old put in another sensational display for his country, combining graft and strength for his first goal, followed by a nonchalant quality for the second.
The Paris Saint-Germain player equalled Michel Platini in the goalscoring charts, before passing the Euro 1984 winner, as he took the responsibility of the game on his shoulders.
With Mbappé on the pitch, France looked comfortable despite only have nine shots all night, two of those were his goals and another was a late attempt that hit the woodwork. Kylian was awesome in Amsterdam.
Most goals scored for the French men's national side:
◎ 54 – Olivier Giroud (125 caps)
◎ 51 – Thierry Henry (123 caps)
◎ 44 – Antoine Griezmann (124 caps)
◉ 42 – Kylian Mbappé (72 caps)
He's coming Olivier. 😅 pic.twitter.com/gHkHtnPlTR
— Squawka Live (@Squawka_Live) October 13, 2023
Netherlands Player Ratings
Bert Verbruggen 6.5/10 – 21-year-old distributed well on debut
Lutsharel Geertruida 6/10 – Muscled off ball for first goal in difficult evening
Virgil Van Dijk 7/10 – typically strong performance from captain
Nathan Aké 6.5/10 – Kept Kolo Muani in check
Denzel Dumfries 6.5/10 – Offered himself as outlet, selfless showing
Marten de Roon 6/10 – replaced at halftime having made little impact
Joey Veerman 7/10 – Mature and assured for somebody earning first cap, came close to scoring inside first half hour
Quilindschy Hartman 6.5/10 – A baptism of fire having Coman then Mbappe on his flank, memorable goal
Tijani Reijnders 6.5/10 – Another debutant who showed glimpses of good movement
Wout Weghorst 5/10 – No joy against speedy French defence, hampered by injury
Xavi Simons 6.5/10 – forced off wing to make something from nothing, 100% passing
Donyell Malen 6/10 – finished his once chance, but little to work with
Mats Wieffer 6/10 – gave hosts a bit more composure
Jeremie Frimpong 6/10 – Attempted to push team forward
Steven Bergwijn N/A
Micky van de Ven N/A
France Player Ratings
Mike Maignan 5.5/10 – A couple of nervy moments when he mishandled
Jonathan Clauss 7/10 – Marseille man grabbed assist, was excellent down right
Lucas Hernández 7/10 – dominant in possesion and on the ground
Ibrahim Konaté 7/10 – strong in the air, untroubled
Theo Hernández 6.5/10 – Energetic on left
Aurélien Tchouaméni 6.5/10 – tested Verbruggen from distance, won most of his duels
Antoine Griezmann 7/10 – Excelled in his deep-lying creative role, five key passes
Adrien Rabiot – 6/10 – relatively quiet night
Kingsley Coman 6.5/10 – Constant danger on the flank, misplaced crosses
Randal Kolo Muani 6/10 – worked hard of the ball, sloppy in possession
Kylian Mbappé 8.5/10 – Fantastic performance from captain and star player, scored both goals and was all over the pitch
Olivier Giroud N/A
Marcus Thuram N/A
Malo Gusto N/A
Youssouf Fofana N/A
Netherlands 1-2 France Player Ratings: The final word
The French once again showed their superiority over the Netherlands, it was a commanding performacne at the Johan Cruyff Arena that leaves them top of Group B. Koeman will take away some positives from this game, especially the debut of Veerman in midfield who didn’t seem out of his depth.
The Dutch will hope to get back to winning ways in a crucial qualifier in Greece on Monday, meanwhile the two-time World Cup Winners next game is a friendly with Scotland.
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