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France make successful return home

11 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

France make successful return home

Courtesy: Footy Toonz

Any lingering doubts that Kylian Mbappe is French soccer’s most valuable jewel were erased Sunday as the teenage striker celebrated the world champions’ return home with a superb display — and a goal — in a 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

Back to its home ground at the Stade de France for the first time since winning the World Cup in July, France was treated to an ecstatic welcome by nearly 80,000 fans, and 19-year-old Mbappe was the best player in the UEFA Nations League game.

The PSG striker, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, exposed Dutch defenders from the start with his fast pace and control. He almost put France ahead in the first minute, broke the deadlock in the 14th and created havoc near and inside the Dutch box throughout the game with the trademark dribbles that helped him become one of the stars of the World Cup in Russia.