How to Watch France vs. Netherlands


The country's all-time leading scorer was a 64th-minute substitute in his team's 4-0 defeat by France on Thursday in World Cup qualifying.

Qualification is still on, though - the Netherlands (10 points) are three points behind Sweden, whom they host in Amsterdam next month, and two behind Bulgaria.

Kylian Mbappe, who had just completed a move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain, scored in stoppage time to cap the victory as the Dutch finished with 10 men following Kevin Strootman's sending off in the 61st minute.

Bulgaria jumped into contention for second place after midfielder Ivaylo Chochev's late victor moved it two points above Netherlands and one behind Sweden.

The winners of the nine groups qualify directly for Russian Federation while the best eight of the second-placed teams take part in two-leg playoffs for four more places.

France had looked well on course to win Group A until losing in Sweden in June, but recovered well in a dominant performance against the Netherlands.

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Lemar who was a transfer target of several clubs across Europe especially in England delivered some promising crosses while Chelsea's Kante had his 60th minute shot from close range blocked.

The Oranje's all-time top scorer with 50 goals in 101 global appearances, the 34-year-old is priced at 15/2 (8.50) with Genting to offer an immediate reminder of his quality by opening the scoring at the Stade de France. "I think we must not think that we are not as good, we must be convinced of our own qualities and believe that we can beat them". However, they've impressed in their last couple of matches, and coach Dick Advocaat will be hoping his young team can spring a surprise at the Stade de France.

A home win against Luxembourg on Sunday is hardly a daunting prospect for France, and will all but book its ticket for Russian Federation next year.

"France have always had great attacking players".

The French winger, who can also play in midfield, was subject to interest from Arsenal and Liverpool on transfer deadline day but a move failed to materialise.

"As for ourselves, it's not over. There are three games left, and if we win them, we will be in the play-offs".