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Mbappe gets off to winning start as France captain

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Published: 13:36, 25 March 2023  
Mbappe gets off to winning start as France captain

Kylian Mbappe scored his first goals as France captain on Friday as the World Cup finalists began their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a comfortable win against the Netherlands.

The hosts were ahead after just two minutes when Antoine Griezmann curled in from Mbappe's pass.

Defender Dayot Upamecano made it 2-0 six minutes later as he bundled in.

Mbappe then got his 37th goal for France when he drove in, before powering home his second late on.

Mbappe has succeeded long-standing France skipper Hugo Lloris and the new era got off to a flying start as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar set up the pink-haired Antoine Griezmann to score inside two minutes.

Dayot Upamecano bundled in the second goal in the eighth minute and Mbappe got his name on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 before the midway point in the first half.

Mbappe wrapped up the victory in emphatic fashion with two minutes remaining, before the Netherlands' Memphis Depay had a stoppage-time penalty saved by goalkeeper Mike Maignan.