Dembele scores winner as 10-man France beats England 3-2

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

HARRY KANE took his worldwide goal tally to eight but couldn't prevent England from slipping to a 3-2 friendly defeat against ten-man France at the Stade de France.

But a dazzling France attack, led by Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, continued to tear holes in the England defence despite the numerical disadvantage and Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele became the third home player to score a maiden global goal when he sealed victory 12 minutes from time.

Dembele led the charge and played the ball out wide, only for Gary Cahill's intervention to play it back into his path. Showing great composure he cut in and got away a shot that Heaton denied, only for France to score another rebound as Sidibe turned in.

Tuesday's match, which was attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, was the first senior England fixture with a video assistant referee, who was consulted for Varane's red-card offence and the penalty that resulted from it.

Raphael Varane was sent off before a penalty was sacked home by Kane, with Les Bleus rallying as Ousmane Dembele capped a fine display by wrapping up a 3-2 victory that left Southgate frustrated.

England's numerical advantage showed immediately after the equaliser, as they dominated possession, but France built back into the game and were clearly intent on playing for the win despite the absence of Varane.

"I simply told him that we were on their side because of what happened over there", Deschamps said. Alli flicks on a long back and chases it himself, racing in behind the French defence at inside-left; Varane clips his heels, and the ref points to the spot!

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It was no surprise when their victor came 12 minutes from time -and fittingly it was Mbappe who set up Dembele for a powerful, low finish.

England were breached a second time when they were hit on the break just before half-time as Dembele burst forward.

England did not heed those warnings and France pulled level midway through the half, despite seeing full-back Benjamin Mendy limp out of the action. "But we didn't manage that period of the game well". But we're very lucky we've got one of the best centre-forwards in the world at the moment in Harry Kane. "There'll still be an element of one person's judgment in that".

"We want to be courageous and play from the back and mistakes will happen".

It was the third successive friendly match that England have failed to win under Southgate after a 2-2 draw with Spain in November and a 1-0 loss in Germany in March, but the manager insisted the gap to those sides was no bigger than what he imagined.

On overcoming adversity: "It was complicated by the sending off and the penalty". It's about the evolution of the team and how we get better.

The Southampton left-back's low cross picked out Kane to easily complete the formalities inside the France six-yard box.

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