Ten-man France down England

France came from behind, with ten-men, to defeat England in the Stade de France in Paris.

England have a poor recent record on French soil, but they began in fine style with new captain Harry Kane finishing a brilliantly worked move as Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Ryan Betrand linked up to create the chance.

The home side did not take long to level when Tom Heaton could only parry the ball into the oncoming French attackers and Samuel Umtiti slammed the ball home for his first goal for his country.

The French then went ahead just before the break – again Heaton could only parry an effort from Ousmane Dembele and Djibril Sidibe was on hand to convert – also his first goal for Les Bleus.

The game was again under the eyes of the Virtual Referee Assistant – and that came into play just 60 seconds into the second-half when Dele Alli found himself in behind the France defence and he went down under the challenge of Raphael Varane.

The decision was referred to the VAR and it came back as a penalty and a red card for the Real Madrid man – although it seemed harsh. Kane stepped up to fire England level.

But with ten-men, England struggled and often looked like the side with one man less rather than the extra man.

And the inevitable happened as France claimed the winner with 12-minutes left and it was yet again another French player helping himself to his maiden goal for his country – this time Dembele.

Monaco star Kylian Mbappe created the chance and Dembele fired home past Jack Butland and seal an unlikely win for Didier Deschamps’s side.

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