Mbappe, appointed captain after Hugo Llaurice ended his international career in January, set up Antoine Griezmann to open the scoring and then scored a third goal after Dayot Upamekano doubled the score in the first half and then finished the score in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Mike Magnan, the number one goalkeeper after Llaurice left, saved Memphis Depay’s penalty in the penalty time.
With influential central defender Rafael Varan also now out of international competition, France sought to impress fans in their first game since losing the World Cup final against Argentina on penalties in December and did so against a virus-ridden Dutch team under their newly appointed manager.
The result was a slap in the face for Ronald Koeman, who was playing his first match since replacing Louis van Gaal after Oranje reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar in his second post after the first in 2018-2020.
It’s great, Mbappe said. We didn’t want to concede a goal, so everyone is happy. Mike doesn’t like to concede goals, and for the first time as number one, he achieved a clean sheet.
We’re all rooting for him. We’ve been preparing, saying we can’t disappoint the fans in this first game here since the World Cup.
France leads Group B, ahead of Greece, which beat Gibraltar 3-0 on the road. On Monday, Didier Deschamps’ team will face Ireland in Dublin, and the Netherlands will host Gibraltar.
The Dutch, who were missing five players after the team was struck by a viral infection, got off to a poor start when Les Bleus scored after just two minutes when Griezmann capped an excellent run of play with a corner kick after an Mbappe pass.
The visitors’ defense then made a dogged dinner out of Griezmann’s free kick, and Upamekano scored, doubling the lead six minutes later.
If you lose 2-0 after seven minutes of play, it’s certainly a hell of a job, said Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk.
We just started badly and then we fell behind… Then they play a pretty easy match with their qualities. We’ll have to look at it, it’s hard to analyze it so quickly, but 2-0 after seven minutes is just a shame.
It got even worse for the Dutch when Mbappe made the score 3-0after the 22nd minute, scoring from close range in clinical fashion after being fouled.laid out by Aurélien Tchouameni.
The visitors threatened briefly on the break, but Depay’s attempt went just wide when Koeman sent in striker Wout Weghorst instead of midfielder Kenneth Taylor in the 33rd minute.
Nine minutes before halftime, France came close again when Jasper Sillessen deflected Ibrahima Konate’s header.
The Netherlands had a chance in the second half when Depay converted a free kick, but their chances didn’t end there as Upamekano and Konate stiffened the French central defense.
Randal Colo Mouani, who started the game as the lone striker in France’s 4-3-3 formation, also showed decent play until he was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 76th minute.
France then picked itself up before traveling to Dublin, but Mbappe sprinkled salt in the Dutchman’s wounds by dancing to the area before scoring his fourth goal and his 38th in 67 appearances with a powerful shot at the crossbar.
Maignan’s late penalty made fans wonder what might have been if the Milan keeper had been in goal in the World Cup final, which he missed due to injury.