Home Football Watch: Mendy With Cracking Assist As Giroud Moves Past Zidane Tally

Watch: Mendy With Cracking Assist As Giroud Moves Past Zidane Tally

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France defeated the Netherlands 2-1 on Sunday night to go top of Group 1 in the UEFA Nations League.

Fresh from a successful World Cup bid, French prodigy Kylian Mbappe scored the opener at the Stade de France, slotting home from short range after Blaise Matuidi got in behind the Dutch defence.

Kenny Tete of Lyon did great from the right to set-up former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel for the equaliser on the 67 minute mark.

But it was France’s winning goal eight minutes later that stole the show.

Benjamin Mendy looks a positively scary prospect since his comeback from injury. The full-back has displayed such attacking threat for Manchester City to the extent that he is likely keeping Leroy Sane out of the side.

Having replaced Lucas Hernandez, he continued that remarkable form in earnest, setting up Chelsea compatriot Olivier Giroud for the winner.

His patented cross was met in spectacular fashion by Giroud.

Despite failing to score at the World Cup, the striker was lauded for his performances atop Didier Deschamps’ side in Russia. He was made to wait, but Giroud has surpassed legend Zinedine Zidane’s goal tally for France with his 32nd goal for Les Bleus tonight.

The 31-year-old is now solo fourth in the all-time list, two behind David Trezeguet, nine behind Michel Platini, and nineteen behind leader Thierry Henry.

It also marks his first competitive goal since May (in which he scored against Liverpool) – having played almost 1,000 minutes in the interim.

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