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New captain Mbappe scores double, France beat Netherlands 4-0 to make perfect start to EURO 2024 quals

Kylian Mbappe-led France dominated the Netherlands 4-0 to make a flying start to their UEFA EURO 2024 qualification campaign Friday. 

France’s new captain scored two goals, including a late strike against the Dutch national team to be one of the key players in the French victory in a Group B match at Saint-Denis’ Stade de France.

Les Bleus finished the job early. French forward Antoine Griezmann scored the opener with a left-footed strike in the second minute and teammate Dayot Upamecano doubled the gap six minutes later after a mistake by goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

In minute 21, Mbappe ran inside the penalty area and finished in the penalty box after a killer through ball by Aurelien Tchouameni. The Dutch defense failed after French forward Randal Kolo Muani skipped over. Mbappe was unmarked to beat Cillessen in a one-on-one.

France went into the break with a 3-0 lead.

The crowd at Stade de France were again rampant after Mbappe scored on a solo-effort goal to seal the match in the 88th minute.

Near the end of the match, the Netherlands’ experienced forward Memphis Depay missed a penalty, giving the Dutch a frustrating result.

Mbappe had a perfect start to his captaincy after scoring twice and an assist to Griezmann.

France will visit Ireland in Dublin on Monday, while the Netherlands will host Gibraltar in Rotterdam.  

Group B

France – the Netherlands: 4-0

Gibraltar – Greece: 0-3 

Group E

Czech Republic – Poland: 3-1

Moldova – Faroe Islands: 1-1

Group F

Sweden – Belgium: 0-3

Austria – Azerbaijan: 4-1

Group G

Bulgaria – Montenegro: 0-1

Serbia – Lithuania: 2-0

Group A

Scotland vs. Greek Cypriot administration

Spain vs. Norway

Group D

Armenia vs. Türkiye

Croatia vs. Wales

Group I

Belarus vs. Switzerland

Israel vs. Kosovo

Andorra vs. Romania

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