Kylian Mbappe scored the final goal and Thomas Lemar fired twice for France in a 4-0 win over 10-man Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier.
Antoine Griezmann put France ahead within 14 minutes at the Stade de France before Kevin Strootman’s sending-off led to the Dutch team being reduced to ten men. Thomas Lemar scored twice, while Mbappe capped an already memorable day by netting his first international goal for the country.
The Frenchman looked vastly superior against the visitors, and appear to be firmly back on track in their quest to make it to Russia next year, following their shock 2-1 defeat in Sweden in June. This result, along with Sweden’s 3-2 defeat in Bulgaria, leaves Les Bleus three points clear at the top of qualifying Group A.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, are now in a battle even to finish second and grab a place in the two-legged play-offs in November. Dick Advocaat’s side are fourth, three points behind second-placed Sweden with three qualifiers remaining. THT takes a look at some of the best tweets:
Olivier Giroud assist 🅰️
Antoine Griezmann goal ⚽️
France take a 1-0 lead against Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/J8JDWeytMN
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 31, 2017
France vs Netherlands!
Absolute domination 🔥😍 pic.twitter.com/bYgENAb2YK
— MELO (@Xmaro15) September 1, 2017
🇫🇷🔥| Thomas Lemar (21) has just scored his first international goal for France against The Netherlands! pic.twitter.com/asXIQXT1Dx
— Footy Scouted (@FootyScouted) August 31, 2017
Pogba vs Blind. 😂
Who is Best Dancer?
— Fantasy Gamer 🔥 ⚽🏏 (@Fantasycrickett) September 1, 2017
Thomas Lemar vs Netherlands #FRANED
98% pass accuracy
1 key pass
Man of the match performance! pic.twitter.com/sskWsDRlvK
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) August 31, 2017
Quite obviously, most of the tweets centered around the explosive performances put up by Mbappe, Lemar and Lacazette.
— Still Need a CM (@InvertdWhinger) August 31, 2017
— Ryan 🔴 (@ClassicCantona) August 31, 2017
— Raphael Wilson (@RaphsReality2) August 31, 2017
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) August 31, 2017
A lot of praise was also showered on the young Timothy Fosu-Mensah for his resolute performance.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah might be on loan but he's still reminding Antoine Griezmann of his mistake not to become teammates this summer. Boss. pic.twitter.com/O31d5DMrsW
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) September 1, 2017
— Timothy fosu-mensah (@tfosumensah) August 31, 2017
Timothy Fosu-Mensah v Paul Pogba. Theres only one winner 👀 pic.twitter.com/ID1KpjruCY
— Simpatisan United (@SimpatisanUtd) August 31, 2017
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) September 1, 2017
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) September 1, 2017
— José (@MourinhoMindset) August 31, 2017
The Dutch fans were in a more sombre state of mind as they took to Twitter to express their feelings.
Good thing Cruyff doesn't have to watch the current Barça and the Netherlands in this state…
— Josip (@jperkovic93) August 31, 2017
Not sure whether to be more impressed by France or depressed by the Netherlands.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 31, 2017
How did the Dutch get this bad? Still some good names on the sheet, but France…sensational
— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) August 31, 2017
Twice now Fosu-Mensah has made goal-saving tackles. Netherlands a shambles but he's having a fine debut. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 31, 2017
🇳🇱 The Netherlands are in disarray.
😢 It's a far cry from this era of world class players from the late 1990s.
🙌 What a team. pic.twitter.com/X5oteDXDFX
— Sky Sports FF (@SkyFantasyFooty) September 1, 2017