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France wins Kazakhstan two goals to nil

 

An Ousmane Dembele strike and an own goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan in Astana on Sunday afternoon, as Didier Deschamps' men secured their first win in Group D of World Cup qualifying.


In a first half devoid of chances for the most part, it was the visitors that broke the deadlock on 19 minutes. Anthony Martial turned well in midfield before releasing Dembele, who coolly finished into the bottom corner past a despairing Aleksandr Mokin.


Les Bleus managed to double their lead just before the half-time whistle when Serhiy Malyi - who had just forced a corner with one of the best goal-line clearances you're ever likely to see - headed into his own net from the subsequent Antoine Griezmann delivery.


After producing a brilliant goal-line clearance to deny Anthony Martial, the defender puts the ball into his own net from the following corner! 


The action didn't get much more thrilling after the break, but Kylian Mbappe's introduction on the hour mark changed the complexion of the game with an added vigour. The Paris Saint Germain star eventually won a penalty in the 75th minute with some wonderful feet, but frustratingly had his spot kick saved by 39-year old Mokin.

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