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France impress during victory over Holland

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Hopes are growing in France ahead of the World Cup, as they comfortably beat one of the best nations in the world last night with two clinical goals.

In a very noisy Stade de France, Les Bleus settled down very quickly and threatened the Netherlands' defence a few times, before opening the scoring after 32 minutes.

Karim Benzema, on his toes, saw exactly where the long ball from Blaise Matuidi in the midfield would drop, before smashing a half-volley into the net with his accurate right-foot.

An unsettled Holland, although accurate on their passes, found a few headers, but none looked likely to trouble Hugo Lloris.

Nine minutes later, Valbuena broke his opponent defence on the right wing and crossed the ball, which Matuidi met with a spectacular bicycle-kick. His effort found its way into the top corner, and gave France a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

However the second half was more quiet. Netherlands were more organised, with five players defending. By stopping to play a high defensive line, France looked less imposing and the possession was far more balanced.

Louis van Gaal's mens finally created a few chances, but France's defence stayed strong. Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane was one of the best on the night, virtually shutting out Robin van Persie.

France finished with 16 shots, six on target, whereas their opposition only amassed four with one shot on finding its mark.

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