Both nation's were defeated by Argentina on penalties in their last outings in the World Cup in Qatar, with the hosts losing in the final, while the Dutch were beaten in the last eight stage.
2022 World Cup runner-ups France will welcome Netherlands to the Stade de France for their opening Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday night. Both sides were defeated by Argentina on penalties in their last outings, with the hosts losing in the final in Qatar, while the Dutch were beaten in the last eight stage. Meanwhile the previous encounter between these two heavyweights of European football was back in 2018, with the Dutch side securing a 2-0 Nations League-win thanks to goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay.
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France went into the World Cup in Qatar aiming to become only the third team in history to win back-to-back world titles following their triumph in Russia four years earlier. Golden Boot winner Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick, just the second in World Cup final, to force the game into penalties, where Emiliano Martinez’ brilliance between the sticks helped Argentina prevail 4-2 and become world champions for the first time in 36 years. Despite the World Cup heartache, it is fair to say that the Les Blues probably have the most talented international squad in world football. Head coach Didier Deschamps, who has extended his contract until 2026, has plethora of world class players at his disposal to choose from in every department.
Netherlands, on the other hand, just like their Friday’s opponents, came from behind to force the game into extra time and penalties, against Argentina in the quarter-final match, thanks to substitute Wout Weghorst’s late double, but lost 4-3 in the tie breaker, after Virgi van Dijk and Steven Berghuis missed from 12 yards. After the World Cup exit, Louis van Gaal’s third spell as Dutch boss came to an end and Roland Koeman took charge of the reins for the second time. The Former Dutch defender coached the national team for two years between 2018 and 2020, winning 11 of his 20 games in the dugout. Prior to the World Cup-defeat to La Albiceleste, Netherlands put together a 19-game unbeaten run in all competitions that included three consecutive Nations League-wins against Wales, Poland and Belgium to secure top spot in League A Group 4.
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France Probable Starting Lineup: Maignan, Kounde, Konate, Upamecano, Hernandez, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Coman, Griezmann, Mbappe, giroud
Netherlands Probable Starting Lineup: Cillessen, Dumfries, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake, Wijnaldum, De Roon, Berghuis, Malen, Weghorst, Depay
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Netherlands beat France||2-0|
|France beat Netherlands||2-1|
|France beat Netherlands||4-0|
|France beat Netherlands||0-1|
|France beat Netherlands||2-3|
The Euro 2024 qualification match between France and Netherlands will take place at Stade de France on Saturday 1:15 am IST.
|France vs Netherlands||Key Details|
|Date||March 24 (France)|
|Venue||Stade de France|
|Kickoff time in France||8:45 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in Netherlands||8:45 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:15 am (Saturday)|
The live telecast of the Euro 2024 qualification matches will be available on Sony Sports network. Besides fans in India can live stream through Jio TV and Sony LIV. Football fans in France can catch the live action via TF1 network network, while those in Netherlands can tune to NPO network.