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Mbappe Wins First Match As France Captain




Mbappe Wins First Match As France Captain
UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers - Group B - France v Netherlands

Kylian Mbappe led France to victory on Friday, March 24, in their Euro 2024 qualifier match against the Netherlands.

The 4-0 victory was Mbappe’s first match as France’s new national football team captain. Naija News reports that the 24-year-old player recently succeeded long-standing France skipper Hugo Lloris. 

Last Friday’s victory is seen as a good start-up and a fresh era with the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar who set up the pink-haired Antoine Griezmann to score within two minutes of the game.

Mbappe had two goals and an assist as the World Cup finalists romped to a 4-0 win against a depleted Netherlands side yesterday.

In the intriguing game, Dayot Upamecano bundled in the second goal in the eighth minute, and Mbappe got his name on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 before the midway point in the first half.

Mbappe sealed the victory for France in emphatic fashion with two minutes remaining before the Netherlands’ Memphis Depay had a stoppage-time penalty saved by goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

It was a display of ruthless efficiency from Didier Deschamps’ side against a Dutch team missing several key players after a virus swept through their squad.

They can at least console themselves because their most challenging assignment in qualifying Group B is out of the way, and their next game is at home to Gibraltar on Monday.

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Naija News understands that the match against the Netherlands was their first since their World Cup final defeat on penalties by Argentina just over three months ago.