Watch Netherlands vs France full match replay and highlight.
This is a match of UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group B – Matchday 7.
Kick off: 18:45 UTC Friday Oct 13, 2023.
Referee: Felix Zwayer, Germany
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam
Netherlands vs France Full Match Reports
France secured their spot in Germany for the 2024 European Championship Qualifiers (ECQ) with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Netherlands, maintaining their perfect record with two ECQ matches to spare and clinching a crucial away win against their Dutch rivals for the fourth time in 14 attempts.
Didier Deschamps’ squad encountered a Dutch team that featured two debutants and two players making their first start, and they gave these newcomers a stern initiation into international football. In the seventh minute, a brilliant display of teamwork culminated in Jonathan Clauss delivering a cross that Kylian Mbappé managed to reach before Lutsharel Geertruida, slotting the ball past Bart Verbruggen. This quick goal marked Mbappé’s return to his clinical scoring form after going four matches without a goal for Paris Saint-Germain.
The Netherlands persevered and created a significant scoring opportunity when Denzel Dumfries collaborated with Tijjani Reijnders and delivered a precise pass to Joey Veerman. Although Veerman missed the target, this moment injected some optimism into the hosts. Xavi Simons also added some excitement with two attempts. Unfortunately for the Netherlands, Ronald Koeman’s team faced a setback in the 38th minute when Wout Weghorst was forced to leave the field due to an injury.
The Netherlands initially held onto hope, with Quilindschy Hartman’s shot nearly slipping through Mike Maignan’s grasp just before halftime. Donyell Malen’s attempt was deflected by Lucas Hernández. However, their hopes were dashed as Kylian Mbappé orchestrated a one-two with Adrien Rabiot and launched an exquisite shot that soared beyond Verbruggen’s reach, marking his sixth goal of the ECQ campaign. To add to the hosts’ frustration, Nathan Aké delivered a pass for an easy finish by Malen, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside.
Quilindschy Hartman, who had shown determination throughout his debut, finally found the back of the net in the 83rd minute. He combined with Steven Bergwijn and deceived Maignan, becoming the first player to score against France in this ECQ campaign. Despite this goal and a strike by Mbappé that hit the crossbar, Les Bleus managed to secure the victory and maintain their flawless ECQ record, confirming their place in the 2024 European Championship. Meanwhile, the Netherlands have work ahead, as they face Greece on Monday, trailing Gus Poyet’s side by three points, albeit with a game in hand, in their quest to secure second place in Group B.
Kylian Mbappé of France was named the Man of the Match.