France vs Netherlands 4-0 – All Goals & Extended Highlights – World Cup Qualifiers 31/08/2017 HD
Goals: Antoine Griezmann 14′, Thomas Lemar 73′ 88′, Kylian Mbappe-Lottin 90+1′.
World Cup Euro Qual – Group A
France vs Netherlands
7:45pm Thursday 31st August
Stade De France
Two goals from Thomas Lemar helped France thrash 10-man Netherlands 4-0 in Paris to go top of Group A., while Belgium and Portugal cruised to victories.
Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring in the Stade de France after a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud 14 minutes in, and Les Bleus never looked back, as they controlled proceedings.
For all their good football they struggled to create any clear-cut chances for the rest of the first half, with Paul Pogba having several long-range efforts easily saved.
Kevin Strootman was given his marching orders just after the hour mark for two bookable offences, before Thomas Lemar – the subject of much transfer interest pre-match – then showed the world why Arsenal and Liverpool had reportedly been so keen on securing his services, as he volleyed home brilliantly after 73 minutes, his first goal for Les Bleus, before sliding home a third two minutes from time to make sure of the win.
There was still time for Paris Saint-Germain new boy Kylian Mbappe to sweep home a superb fourth in stoppage time – also his maiden France strike – to further emphasise the gulf between these sides.
With Sweden losing Bulgaria, France moved to the top of Group A, but the Netherlands are now three points off a play-off spot with three games to play.
Elsewhere, Belgium smashed nine without reply past Gibraltar with Thomas Meunier and Romelu Laukau netting hat-tricks, while Cristiano Ronaldo also notched a treble as Portugal strolled to a 5-1 win over Faroe Islands.
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