UEFA Nations League – France vs Holland LIVE score updates

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HALF-TIME: France 1-0 Holland 

France playing with the swagger and confidence of world champions and Holland are fortunate they did not suffer further damage.

Antoine Griezmann has been superb but it is Kylian Mbappe who has the decisive goal so far following a mix-up at the back from the visitors. 

It was a simple finish from three yards out but it was well deserved. Ronald Koeman needs to shake it up at half-time in a bid to wrestle back some much-needed control. 

THIRTY-NINE MINUTES: Antoine Griezmann lethal in the No 10 role

Antoine Griezmann generating plenty of oohs and aahs from the crowd already with his impressive close control.

Clear to see why Barcelona were ready to go above and beyond to sign him this summer, such is his influence in that free role behind the striker. 

THIRTY-FIVE MINUTES: Van Dijk urging his team-mates to show composure

Poor passing in their own half has to be eradicated as soon as possible from the Dutch if they are to have any chance of getting back into this one.

Virgil van Dijk is urging his team-mates to show some composure as there remains plenty of smiles of the faces of the French players. 

THIRTY-ONE MINUTES: Holland need to change it up to get in the game

France hold a high line for a free-kick from the left and it pays dividends as Virgil van Dijk and Co fail to get a decisive head on it as Paul Pogba clears.

Holland yet to really test Areola in goal and that will be one of the biggest disappointments for boss Ronald Koeman. 

If that doesn’t change they could be heading for a heavy defeat in Paris.

THE DIFFERENCE SO FAR 

Kylian Mbappe's early strike  is the difference between the two sides at the Stade de France

Kylian Mbappe’s early strike  is the difference between the two sides at the Stade de France

TWENTY-SEVEN MINUTES: Fouls breaking up the flow of the game

Niggly fouls are slowing the game right down but it at least gives the Dutch players the chance to get back in to their shape.

France are making pace count with Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba from a deeper position and they know they need to add further goals while they are on top.  

TWENTY-TWO MINUTES: Mexican wave? Seriously?

I get it’s a party atmosphere but this has been far from dull enough to whip out the mexican wave, surely?

Holland knocking it around with some confidence now but France pretty happy preserving their energy as they look ready to pounce on any mistake. 

Ruthless. 

TWENTY MINUTES: Almost exhibition football going forward for France

Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have been a class apart so far as they trick and flick their way towards the Holland goal.

The showboating after just 20 minutes gives the sense of an exhibition match. A Holland goal would no doubt see the inventory of skills put to one side, mind you.  

SEVENTEEN MINUTES: Plenty of interested spectators watching on for France

They may have a host of household names on the field but France also have plenty of national A-listers watching from the stands too.

Captain and No 1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was all smiles as he took in the action. The Tottenham goalkeeper pulled out of the Nations League double header due to fears over a thigh injury.

In the row ahead of the goalkeeper was French president Emmanuel Macron. 

Captain and No 1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris watches the match from the stands on Sunday

Captain and No 1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris watches the match from the stands on Sunday

Captain and No 1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris watches the match from the stands on Sunday

French president Emmanuel Macron also takes his seat as he takes in the party atmosphere

French president Emmanuel Macron also takes his seat as he takes in the party atmosphere

French president Emmanuel Macron also takes his seat as he takes in the party atmosphere

FOURTEEN MINUTES: KYLIAN MBAPPE STARTS THE PARTY! 1-0 

Big smile from Didier Deschamps because that is an absolute gift of an opening goal.

The PSG striker just has to tap in from three yards out as Blaise Matuidi squares across the box for Mbappe to convert.

Koeman will be livid with that sloppy defending inside their own box and that goal has only livened up an already buoyant crowd. 

TEN MINUTES: France dominating proceedings

After a bright start from the Oranje, France have firmly taken control of this one and are threatening from both wings as Holland look to clear their lines for some respite.

It’s a five-at-the-back when they are defending and boss Ronald Koeman will be concerned with the last five minutes.

Get the feeling a goal is imminent (potential curse of the live commentator here…) 

EIGHT MINUTES: Mbappe is looking to produce the magic 

It all looks so effortless going forward for France and this man Kylian Mbappe is never far away from the best of the action.

Remains to be seen how competitive this new-look Holland side can be having failed to reach the last two major tournaments but it’s been an encouraging start. 

Paul Pogba, too, has started well and that will only strengthen the claims that suggest he’s happier playing for his country than his club right now.  

Kylian Mbappe is using his pace to good effect early on as he looks for the opening goal

Kylian Mbappe is using his pace to good effect early on as he looks for the opening goal

Kylian Mbappe is using his pace to good effect early on as he looks for the opening goal

FOUR MINUTES: Holland enjoying plenty of the ball early on

Ronald Koeman’s side looking to exploit the two young French full-backs. That appears to be the most deducible aspect from the opening exchanges but their hosts are so dangerous when going forward.

It’s a party atmosphere right now but that could soon change if Koeman’s side take an early lead. 

TWO MINUTES: Kylian Mbappe might actually be quicker than a rocket?

Dutch in their iconic orange kit as they get an early look at the French goal with a set-piece delivered from the left but it was easily cleared. 

The hosts break instantly with Mbappe and he forces a fine save from Jasper Cilessen. The Paris Saint-Germain star’s pace is actually frightening.

He is so quick that he looks fast on the slow-motion replays. Staggering. Let-off for Holland nonetheless.  

MATCH IS UNDERWAY 

National anthems and it’s Holland up first. Big following in the terraces but then comes the French and they’ll be heard right across Paris with this level of noise!

I imagine these players won’t have had many better atmospheres than this one they find themselves in tonight.  

Incredible atmosphere inside the Stade de France tonight for the Nations League match

Incredible atmosphere inside the Stade de France tonight for the Nations League match

Incredible atmosphere inside the Stade de France tonight for the Nations League match

Players beginning to gather in the tunnel for what be a phenomenal welcome inside the Stade de France.

These players will be feeling the goosebumps now and will be keen to just get the match underway.  

So much depth at the hands of Didier Deschamps and he will be looking for his players to lay down a marker that they can build on the World Cup title.

Lots of talk around Paul Pogba’s club future with the fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho still garnering plenty of attention and he will look to silence any critics with a big performance against Holland.

He looks far more relaxed for Les Bleus alongside N’Golo Kante and it will be interesting to see how the visitors cope in that French engine room. Could be a game-changing factor how they deal with the midfield battle. 

Not long to go now in Paris and there are plenty in the stands tonight that are itching to catch a glimpse of Kylian Mbappe.

He excelled out in Russia in the national jersey and he will be looking to add to his fine start to the club season with goals this evening.

Both sets of players going through their rigorous warm-ups before both managers deliver their final instructions for the Nations League Group 1 match. 

All eyes will be on Kylian Mbappe during the evening after he excelled at the 2018 World Cup

All eyes will be on Kylian Mbappe during the evening after he excelled at the 2018 World Cup

All eyes will be on Kylian Mbappe during the evening after he excelled at the 2018 World Cup

Stifled against Germany, France will know they will need a much better performance on home soil this evening with an expectant crowd in attendance.

Benjamin Pavard has put his horrific neck injury behind him following a collision with Antonio Rudiger and he and team-mate Lucas Hernandez, who starts at left-back, will be looking to cover plenty of ground in wide areas.

Stage set in the French dressing room

Players are getting ready for their first home match since winning the World Cup in the summer.

They will get a heroes welcome when they emerge for kick-off in what should be a thrilling Nations League match at the Stade de France. 

Holland team news: Memphis Depay has been in red hot form for his country in recent outings and will pose a threat playing in the No 9 role. 

Will be interesting to see how the two sides match-up during the game with Holland opting for a three-at-the-back formation with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk at the heart of it. 

France team news: Giroud starts in attack with Matuidi, Griezmann and Mbappe behind him. Pogba and Kane will be expected to control the game behind them.

This doesn’t make for good reading if you’re a Holland fan… 

Good evening and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of tonight’s game. France are the big favourites against a Holland side that failed to qualified for the World Cup this summer.

Paul Pogba put Thursday’s 0-0 draw against Germany down to him and his team-mates not being ‘mentally’ or ‘physically’ ready.

Pogba said: ‘We wanted to come back with a win, but I think we are not ready, both physically and mentally. 

‘This is not easy following a World Cup like the one we did.

‘We quickly got back to work, we would have needed more time to recover. But that’s football, we need to move on to something else and find new challenges.’ 

After the euphoria of their World Cup success, France are back to the grind of qualification for a tournament as they look for their first Nations League win.

Their opening match – a 0-0 draw with Germany on Thursday – left plenty of room for improvement as they welcome Holland to the Stade de France on Sunday.

Follow all the action as it happens with Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT throughout the evening. Kick-off is at 7.45pm. 

 



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