Pogba strike leads France to victory in Amsterdam

Updated: 2016-10-11 09:44


Pogba strike leads France to victory in Amsterdam

France's Paul Pogba waves to supporters as he leaves the pitch with France's Anthony Martial at the end of the World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct 10, 2016. [Photo/IC]

THE HAGUE -- France booked a 1-0 victory against the Netherlands in 2018 World Cup qualification Group A on Monday in Amsterdam.

The visitors took control from the start in the Amsterdam Arena, passing the ball smoothly and giving the home-team no chance. Striker Kevin Gameiro had the first opportunity, but his shot was stopped by Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

After fifteen minutes the Dutch regained some ground with substitute Memphis Depay coming in for injured Quincy Promes, but they remained uncomfortable in possession. When Jeffrey Bruma lost the ball France took over and Paul Pogba launched a long-distance shot, which surprised Stekelenburg. The goalkeeper touched the ball, but could not prevent the French opening goal.

Five minutes from half-time the Dutch called for a penalty, when a shot by striker Vincent Janssen was touched with the arm by the sliding defender Laurent Koscielny. Referee Damir Skomina neglected the Dutch call.

The Netherlands started the second half with a chance for Janssen, but the Tottenham Hotspur striker hit the wrong side of the net. Ten minutes later Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann missed opportunities on behalf of the side of coach Didier Deschamps. With other chances for Depay and Pogba the remainder of the match remained in balance, with France keeping the 1-0 advantage.

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