Kylian Mbappe tries to beat Matthijs de Ligt for pace during Netherlands vs France

Netherlands v France - UEFA Nations League A

One of the great things about the UEFA Nations League is that it throws up some very exciting fixtures.

For example, in League A Group 1, France, the Netherlands and Germany have enjoyed some brilliant battles over the past few months.

And the Netherlands and France clashed once again on Friday night as they did battle for top spot.

Before the clash, France were top on seven points, with the Dutch behind on three points having played a game less. Meanwhile, Germany sat bottom with just one point from three games.

The battle between Netherlands and France also threw up an incredibly exciting battle between the best young defender in world football and the best young striker in world football.

Yes, we’re talking about Matthijs de Ligt vs Kylian Mbappe.

The pair of 19-year-olds are already regular for their national sides and are playing at the very top level in the Champions League.


And they went head-to-head at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam in their group stage game.

Mbappe is an absolute nightmare to play against with his incredible pace but he discovered that De Ligt is no slouch either.

As the PSG forward attempted to knock the ball past him, the Ajax defender read it, and managed to defend it pretty easily.


Take a look:


And it's fair to say football fans were surprised by the outcome:

It’s just one small moment of defending but you can’t fail to be impressed by De Ligt.

Unfortunately for Ajax, there’s every chance top European clubs will be trying to sign him this summer.

Barcelona are being heavily linked with the centre-back and are expecting to make their move at the end of the season.

But one consolation for Ajax is that, if he continues to produce world-class moments like this, his price tag is just going to increase.

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