England Slump To Defeat Against Ten-men France As Les Bleus Stun Three Lions In Friendly Courtesy Of Dembélé Winner

International Friendly

June 13th

Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France

france 3-2 england

9′ Kane

22′ Umtiti

43′ Sidibé

47′ Varane Sent off

48′ Kane (P)

78′ Dembélé


Ousmane Dembélé’s first ever Senior goal for les Bleus was the difference as Didier Deschamps’ France side stunned Gareth Southgate’s England as they came from a man down to defeat the Three Lions 3-2 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Samuel Umtiti’s first goal for the Senior squad cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener before Djibril Sidibé’s first goal for les Tricolores put the hosts ahead. Kane then fired home from the penalty-spot to level the scores after Raphaël Varane was sent off for a foul on Dele Alli in the area before Dembélé’s strike won it for les Bleus, 12 minutes from time.

The visitors took the lead in the ninth minute when Ryan Bertrand sent a teasing delivery into the path of Kane, who tapped home at the back-post.

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Harry Kane celebrates with teammates after putting England ahead. Image from: Getty

Four minutes later the hosts thought they were level when Pogba’s teasing delivery found Olivier Giroud, who chested the ball before volleying home spectacularly but the Arsenal forward was flagged for offside, although it was marginal.

Two minutes later les Bleus should have levelled the scores when Kylian Mbappé sent Dembélé through on-goal, the youngster looked set to make the net bulge, but he somehow fired wide from close-range, when he should have scored.

In the 22nd minute France drew level when a Thomas Lemar freekick was met by Giroud with a header that Tom Heaton could only palm away into the path of Umtiti, who fired home the follow-up.

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Samuel Umtiti celebrates with teammates after levelling the scores. Image from: Reuters

Eight minutes later the hosts went close to taking the lead when Mbappé beat both Kieran Trippier and Phil Jones before firing an effort that Heaton did well to tip behind with his feet at the near-post.

Two minutes later England went close themselves when a Bertrand strike from-range was palmed behind by Hugo Lloris. The Three Lions had a great chance from the resulting-corner which was met by Gary Cahill, whose header fell kindly to Eric Dier, but he fired the ball just wide from close-range.

Two minutes before the interval les Bleus took the lead. Dembélé latched onto a loose ball and cut-inside to beat John Stones before firing an effort that Heaton palmed away into the path of Sidibé, who fired home the rebound.

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Djibril Sidibé celebrates with teammates after putting France ahead. Image from: Reuters

England started the second-half in the ascendancy and were given a golden opportunity to draw level from the penalty-spot, when Varane sent Alli tumbling in the area. The Real Madrid defender received a straight red card, after the referee utilized the Video Assistant Referee system, for his challenge. Kane stepped-up to fire home the resulting spot-kick centrally past his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Lloris to level the scores.

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In the 64th minute the hosts had a great chance to take the lead when Mbappé was sent through on-goal, he had just Jack Butland to beat, but the substitute keeper smothered the effort away.

Six minutes later the side with ten-men very nearly went ahead again when N’Golo Kanté dispossessed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the edge of the area to find Mbappé, who cut-inside to fire an effort that rattled the bar with Lemar’s follow-up blocked on the line by Cahill.

In the 78th minute les Bleus went ahead. Dier lost possession in his own-half, allowing Paul Pogba to feed Mbappé, who teed up Dembélé, who fired home past Butland.

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Ousmane Dembélé celebrates after scoring the winner for ten-men France. Image from: Reuters

In the second of four additional minutes, France had a good chance to extend their lead when Dembélé played Mbappé through on-goal, the striker had just Butland to beat, but the Monaco striker was again denied by the keeper, who did well to smother the effort away with a fine outstretched arm.

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