Ousmane Dembele Nets Winning Goal for France in Friendly Action vs. England
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 7:53
The game had kicked off five minutes late due to a series of prematch tributes for the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks, including the Republican Guard's rendition of Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger", a spirited, unified airing for the national anthems and a minute's silence.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward scored two goals, the second a penalty, but England failed to exploit their numerical advantage after Raphaël Varane was sent off early in the first half following consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR). Then we welcomed star of the show Eamon Dunphy to the stage for a free-wheeling chat about his career, Saipan and the problem with Paul Pogba. But, again, France was quickest to respond and Sidibe slammed in the loose ball.
Ousmane Dembele capped a thrilling performance with the deciding goal as 10-man France beat England 3-2 in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday in which the video assistant referee played a central role. We have got to find a way to win them, especially when they go down to 10 men.
"Kante has been a revelation in our league for two years and it's nice he's had recognition this season because I thought at Leicester last year he was the most important player in the team".
France were forced to play a man light for the vast majority of the second period following the dismissal of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane but conjured victory through an Ousmane Dembele victor 12 minutes from time.
After winning support from the Conservatives to stay on as prime minister after Thursday's election, May heads to France, wanting to fix her authority and possibly to bask in the popularity of Emmanuel Macron, who last month swept to victory in a presidential contest.
Tweet of the matchEngland manager Gareth Southgate said: "We should have got a result".
"We will have to look back and see why, but it wasn't good enough". There's no doubting we should be in for an entertaining game.
Butland distinguished himself with a good block from Mbappe, a fine save from the same player late on and also did well to thwart Dembele after Monaco's teenage prodigy had hit the bar.
"He obviously hasn't done that yet really, so that's a decision we have to make. There'll still be an element of one person's judgment in that". France manager Didier Deschamps said: "It was complicated by the sending off and the penalty".
The pre-match talk was of Southgate exploring the possibility of using John Stones in a defensive midfield role after bemoaning his lack of options in that department.
RAHEEM STERLING: Provided an exceptional cross for Kane's leveller in Scotland and showed superb vision to backheel into Bertrand's path at the Stade de France.