France edge thrilling friendly against England
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 20:16
A minute's silence was observed after the team players formed a circle at the centre of the pitch at the start of the game.
Dembele again enjoyed the space between visitors' midfield and defence and shimmied past Gary Cahill to see a shot saved by Heaton - once again a player in blue, this time Sidibe, reacted quickest.
Raphael Varane was sent off before a penalty was sacked home by Kane, with Les Bleus rallying as Ousmane Dembele capped a fine display by wrapping up a 3-2 victory that left Southgate frustrated.
France continued to dominate, despite England's numerical advantage, and it was no surprise when they did go ahead in the 78th minute.
· England have won only one of their last seven games against France (D1 L5). He controls as England chase things that have just gone, tees up Dembele, and his low shot across goal gives him his first global goal!
It was a similar situation on France's second goal just before half-time, when Heaton produced another fine save to keep out the 20-year-old Dembele only for Sidibe to reach the ball first and lash it into the back of the net. "But we didn't manage that period of the game well". France were rattled briefly but soon took advantage of their opponents' lack of ruthlessness, which will need to be rectified by Southgate if they are to have any hope of success in Russian Federation next year.
England were second best against a young, confident French side.
Southgate said: "From my initial viewing I thought it was the right call - it looked from where we were a clear penalty and therefore a sending-off".
Tweet of the matchEngland manager Gareth Southgate said: "We should have got a result".
At the Stade De France he scored twice in a pulsating clash which defied the doubters who suggested the two teams would be running on empty.
Kane has now scored 11 times in his last five matches for club and country.
France lost last weekend's World Cup qualifiers 2-1 to Sweden due to a fatal error from their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the stoppage time. You have to control possession and stay calm, but we looked more anxious while they stepped up.
France wasted a glorious opportunity shortly after the quarter of an hour mark when Monaco's much-hyped teenager Kylian Mbappe hared down the left flank, only for his clever pass into the penalty area to be sliced wide by Dembele.