Wednesday March 5, 2014 Friendlies Finished Stade de France

France 2 - 0 Netherlands

  • Benzema 32’
  • Matuidi 41’

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  1. World Cup - France end Dutch unbeaten streak

    World Cup - France end Dutch unbeaten streak

    The Netherlands suffered their first defeat for over a year as France eased to a 2-0 win in Paris. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • France
    • Netherlands
    • FULL TIME: France 2-0 Netherlands. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+1' Quick free kick taken by Holland by Van Persie lagged offside. Time almost up here...
    • 90' We have two added minutes here. Surely all over.
    • 89' Poor ball from Vlaar straight through to Lloris. Mot much imagination from the Dutch tonight.
    • 88' Cabaye takes it and it’s just wide. Cillessen probably had it covered.
    • 87' Giroud wins a free kick on the edge of the box. Another chance for France.
    • 86' France sub: Debuchy off for Sagna.
    • 85' Five minutes remaining and it looks like a rare defeat for the Dutch. Almost two years since their last loss.
    • 83' Depay croses in to Van Persie’s path but it’s a fantastic defensive clearance from Mangala.
    • 82' Giroud tries to play in Remy but Holland clear. France more likely to score than the other way around.
    • 81' France now edging possession. No urgency from the Dutch whatsoever.
    • 80' France sub: Benzema off for Giroud. Sissoko on for Pogba.
    • 79' Shot from Ribery from the edge of the box, straight at Cillessen.
    • 78' It’s all fizzling out a bit here in Paris. No clear cut chances for quite some time.
    • 76' Remember, Holland have not lost a match since August 2012! They have been unbeaten in 17 matches.
    • 75' Digne flagged offside as France look for a third.
    • 73' SHOTS: France 13-4 Netherlands
    • 72' Mangala almost through but gets in a tangle and Holland clear.
    • 71' Netherlands sub: Sneijder off for Klaassen. Depay on for Boetius.
    • 70' Remy has gone down under a challenge from Indi. Looked unintentional and he’s up again.
    • 69' Van Persie flagged offside from another hopeful ball.
    • 68' France still full of attacking intent. Not taking their foot of the gas.
    • 67' France sub: Griezmann on for Remy.
    • 66' Olivier Giroud warming up for France. Benzema has put in a good shift.
    • 65' Boetius fouled by Debuchy. Been quite some tussle between those two.
    • 64' Good tackle from Varane to break up a Dutch attack. All looks very one dimensional.
    • 63' France sub: Ribery on for Valbuena.
    • 62' Benzema almost in again, only a last ditch Vlaar clearance keeps him out.
    • 61' Apart from that one Van Persie chance, Holland haven’t looked like threatening tonight. All looks too easy for France…
    • 59' SHOTS: France 12-4 Netherlands
    • 58' France force another corner and Varane heads over the bar. Good chance.
    • 57' Benzema runs at the Dutch defense with menace but his final touch lets him down. He then forces a corner.
    • 56' Lovely play by Debuchy on the right as he beats his man with ease. The final ball isn’t so good.
    • 54' Valbuena lays it off into the path of Griezmann but his shot is well blocked. Cabaye then fouled.
    • 53' Good defending by Mangala to clear the danger under pressure from Van Persie. Corner. France clear the danger.
    • 52' Netherlands sub: Rekik on for Blind.
    • 51' Griezmann played in by Pogba but his first touch lets him down. Should have been three.
    • 50' Surely not long before Van Gaal rings the changes here. Dutch looking ineffective.
    • 49' POSSESSION: France 49% - 51% Netherlands
    • 48' Cross from Digne gathered by Cillessen under pressure from Pogba.
    • 47' France starting the first half on the front foot. Van Persie fails to play in Promes. The home side looking comfortable in defence.
    • 46' Franck Ribery warming up or France as Indi shepherds the ball out under pressure from Pogba.
    • 45' We’re back underway here and Lucas Digne is on for Patrice Evra.
    • HALF TIME: France 2-0 Netherlands
    • 45+1' France win a free kick. One last chance. It’s lifted in and somehow scramble out of the net! Mangala looked certain to score.
    • 45' One added minute here.
    • 44' Sneijder’s shot deflected off Cabaye and loops into the arms of Lloris.
    • 43' France all over Holland at the moment, looking for that killer third. Griezmann almost finding Mangala.
    • 42' That was a fabulous break from France, again started by Benzema. The finish was incredible, Matuidi twisting and almost looking the other way!
    • 41' Van der Wiel almost replies up the other end but shoots just wide!
    • 40' GOAL France! Valbuena steams down the right and crosses in for Matuidi who scores with an exquisite volleyed finish!
    • 39' POSSESSION: France 46%-54% Netherlands
    • 38' Holland sub: Schaars on for Strootman.
    • 37' Valbuena hits it and it’s goalbound but straight at Cillessen.
    • 36' Yellow card for Van der Wiel for a challenge on Griezmann. Chance for France.
    • 34' Mangala lucky not to concede a corner after it appeared to glance off his head.
    • 33' Strootman hits the deck and Holland have a free kick. Taking his time to get back up.
    • 32' GOAL France! Benzema has been threatening and this time he rifles it past Cillessen from Matuidi's assist.
    • 31' Header from Mangala from Valbuena’s cross wide of the goal.
    • 30' So Holland with the first clear chance. It was straight at Lloris but Vlaar ought to have done better with the follow-up.
    • 29' Holland force a third successive corner. Lloris saves from Van Persie and Vlaar shoots over the bar.
    • 28' Debuchy concedes a corner under pressure from Boetius. Cleared for another corner by Mangala.
    • 27' Pogba fouled by Indi. Chance from the dead ball for France here. Benzema straight into the wall.
    • 26' Debuchy calmness personified under pressure from Boetius. He’s looked good so far.
    • 24' Whilst the Dutch may be edging possession, France are carving out the chances. Cross from Benzema claimed by Cillessen.
    • 23' POSSESSION: France 38% - 62% Netherlands
    • 22' France beginning to get the upper hand. Foul by Clasie.
    • 21' Benzema again mistimes his run and is flagged offside.
    • 20' It was great clearing header of the line from Ron Vlaar from Benzema. Well, a combination of head and shoulder.
    • 19' Benzema now has it in the back of the net but is flagged offside!
    • 18' Benzema feeds Valbuena and then should convert in the centre but his header is cleared of the line with the keeper beaten!
    • 17' Midfields definitely on top in this one. Both sides employing a 4-3-3.
    • 15' POSSESSION: France 36%-64% Netherlands
    • 14' Still we await a first shot on goal. Foul by Boetius on Debuchy.
    • 13' Debuchy forced to concede a corner under pressure from Boetius. Lloris easily claims the cross.
    • 12' Promes twisting and turning but his cross is blocked. Very cagey stuff…
    • 11' France with a chance, debutant Griezmann heading over from Valbuena’s cross.
    • 10' The Dutch just shading possession here but France looking the more menacing going forward.
    • 9' Good pressing from France, putting the Dutch defence under pressure. Debuchy flashes a dangerous cross across the box. Nobody there.
    • 8' Boëtius lookin lively early on. Should be a good battle between him and Debuchy.
    • 7' Cross from Boëtius well defended by Evra under pressure from Van Persie.
    • 6' Very cautious start to this match so far. No chances as yet. A full house here in Paris yet to get into this.
    • 5' POSSESSION: France 66%-34% Netherlands
    • 4' Slight panic at the back from the Dutch but Mangala can’t keep it in. Goal kick.
    • 3' Dangerous cross from Debuchy, well cleared from Indi.
    • 2' Good defending from Debuchy under pressure from Boëtius, nodding it back to Lloris.
    • 1' Evra goes down after a nasty looking boot in the face from Quincy Promes. The Man Utd defender is back up. Now Valbuena goes down after a challenge from Van der Wiel. Lively start!
    • Martin Atkinson blows the whistle to get us underway here. This will be a good test for both sides, especially for France as The Netherlands were unbeaten in 2013.
    • 19.55 Five minutes to kick-off : Match odds France 5/4, Netherlands 23/10, Draw 11/5.
    • 19.50 Antoine Griezmann: "A match for Brazil? No. I do not put any pressure on myself when I play games and even less so on Wednesday."
    • 19.45 Louis van Gaal: "(Robben) is not feeling good and it is better not to take any risks. It is not a problem if (Robben and Van Persie) do not play as they are not players I need to test ahead of the World Cup."
    • 19.40 So the big news is that Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann wins his first cap for France. Robin van Persie has recovered from illness and starts for Holland.
    • 19.35 Didier Deschamps: "We cannot pretend to be among the favourites as there are teams who have been performing strongly in the past four or five years. You can discuss the FIFA rankings (system) but it's there."
    • 19.30 TEAMS: France : Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Mangala, Varane, Pogba, Matuidi, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann /// Netherlands : Cillessen; Van der Wiel, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Blind; Clasie, Sneijder, Strootman; Promes, Van Persie, Boëtius.
    • 19.25 Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, who has been suffering with a thigh injury, faces a late fitness test ahead of Wednesday's friendly away to France. Bayern Munich winger Robben took part in training at the Stade de France but forward Robin van Persie sat out the session because he was ill. The Dutch called up Ajax captain Siem de Jong in place of midfielder Rafael van der Vaart who was originally added to the squad as a replacement.
    • 19.20 France team news: Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann is set to make his France debut against the Dutch. Griezmann, who has been in excellent form these past two seasons, is expected to line up in a 4-3-3 alongside Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena, with Franck Ribery making way for the friendly. Arsenal defensive pair Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny will also return, with Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle and Liverpool's defender Mamadou Sakho set to step aside.
    • 19.15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE match coverage of the international friendly between France and The Netherands from Paris. Kick-off 20.00 GMT.
  • Summary

    • 83' Depay croses in to Van Persie’s path but it’s a fantastic defensive clearance from Mangala.
    • 58' France force another corner and Varane heads over the bar. Good chance.
    • 51' Griezmann played in by Pogba but his first touch lets him down. Should have been three.
    • 41' Van der Wiel almost replies up the other end but shoots just wide!
    • 40' GOAL France! Valbuena steams down the right and crosses in for Matuidi who scores with an exquisite volleyed finish!
    • 36' Yellow card for Van der Wiel for a challenge on Griezmann. Chance for France.
    • 32' GOAL France! Benzema has been threatening and this time he rifles it past Cillessen from Matuidi's assist.
    • 29' Holland force a third successive corner. Lloris saves from Van Persie and Vlaar shoots over the bar.
    • 19' Benzema now has it in the back of the net but is flagged offside!
    • 18' Benzema feeds Valbuena and then should convert in the centre but his header is cleared of the line with the keeper beaten!
    • 11' France with a chance, debutant Griezmann heading over from Valbuena’s cross.
    • 19.30 TEAMS: France : Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Mangala, Varane, Pogba, Matuidi, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann /// Netherlands : Cillessen; Van der Wiel, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Blind; Clasie, Sneijder, Strootman; Promes, Van Persie, Boëtius.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.3 6
      Defenders
      Substitution Out87′ 7.1 7
      6.7 6
      6.3 7
      Substitution Out45′ 5.4 6
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 7 6
      Substitution Out81′ 6.8 6
      Goal 7.8 8
      Strikers
      Substitution Out68′ 7 6
      Substitution Out63′ 6.4 7
      Goal Substitution Out81′ 6.7 7
      Subs
      Substitution In63′ 5.3 6
      Substitution In81′ 4.9 6
      Substitution In68′ 4.8 6
      Substitution In81′ 4.5 6
      Substitution In87′ 4.1 6
      Substitution In45′ 6.5 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      4 6
      Defenders
      Yellow Card 4.3 5
      4.7 6
      4.4 7
      Substitution Out52′ 4 6
      Midfielders
      4.5 6
      Substitution Out72′ 5 6
      Substitution Out39′ 5.2 6
      Strikers
      3.9 7
      Substitution Out72′ 3.9 6
      4.5 5
      Subs
      Substitution In39′ 3.9 6
      Substitution In52′ 3.8 6
      Substitution In72′ 3.6 6
      Substitution In72′ 3.8 6

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  1. Has there ever been anyone who has won the World Cup as­ a player and later as a manager?

    From Mike, on Thu 6 Mar 15:42
  2. Has there ever been anyone who has won the World Cup as­ a player and later as a manager?

    From Mike, on Thu 6 Mar 15:42
  3. Has there ever been anyone who has won the World Cup as­ a player and later as a manager?

    From Mike, on Thu 6 Mar 15:42
  4. thank God giroud was benched, that should inform and­ change him about his poor play recently in arsenal

    From davids, on Wed 5 Mar 21:48
  5. Benzema is hot right now.banging in goals week in week­ out.

    From Zebede, on Wed 5 Mar 20:42
  6. Interesting match

    From Ong hoang, on Wed 5 Mar 20:01
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    France 1-3 Nederlands

    From Grantillas, on Wed 29 Jan 18:04
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    France 1-3 Nederlands

    From Grantillas, on Wed 29 Jan 18:04
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    France 1-3 Nederlands

    From Grantillas, on Fri 3 Jan 1:36
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