In his debut game as captain of the French national team, Kylian Mbappé delivered an impressive performance by scoring twice. Les Bleus secured a comfortable 4-0 win against Netherlands in their opening match of the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
Netherlands, who were preparing for Ronald Koeman’s return as their manager, faced difficulties before the game as five players contracted a virus. However, France showed no signs of slowing down from their World Cup final loss to Argentina. In fact, they started off aggressively, with Antoine Griezmann scoring the first goal within the first two minutes with help from Mbappé’s assist. Griezmann then assisted Dayot Upamecano’s goal soon after.
France’s strong start boosted their confidence, and Mbappé continued to prove his worth as he scored the third goal, controlling Aurélien Tchouaméni’s cross and shooting into the bottom corner. The Netherlands attempted to get back into the game through Memphis Depay but couldn’t capitalize on their chances, and Mbappé punished them again in the later stages, scoring his second goal of the night.
In the end, the Dutch team failed to score even a consolation goal, with Memphis Depay missing a penalty in stoppage time. France, being the highest-ranked team in Group B, will be content with their victory against a potential rival. On the other hand, it was a disappointing start for Koeman and the Netherlands, who suffered their first defeat inside 90 minutes since June 2021. Nonetheless, they have a chance to redeem themselves as they face Gibraltar next at home.