World Cup finalists France have begun their Euro Group B qualifying campaign in ruthless fashion with a 4-0 statement home win against the Netherlands.
France rout Netherlands to ruin Koeman’s comeback
France won their first game since their World Cup final defeat in style, thrashing the Netherlands 4-0 at the Stade de France to kick off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a bang.
Antoine Griezmann put France ahead early after he was teed up by the man chosen over him for the captaincy, Kylian Mbappe, before Dayot Upamecano doubled their advantage inside eight minutes after Jasper Cillessen made a mess of a free-kick.
Mbappe made it three before the halfway point of the first-half, before striking a fabulous second late on as Didier Deschamps’ men strolled to an opening win in Group B.
The Dutch had lost several players in the build-up to the game with a virus, but will have been made even sicker by the start to their qualifying campaign under Ronald Koeman’s second spell as head coach, with Memphis Depay seeing a late penalty saved to add insult to injury.