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Hugo helps France take upper hand over Holland

11 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Friends and team-mates at Spurs, foes for a night - Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko came up trumps when France met Vincent Janssen's Holland in a key World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam on Monday night.

France won the game 1-0 thanks to Paul Pogba's first half strike but despite looking in control for much of procedings, held onto that lead thanks to a typical reaction save from skipper Hugo in the final minute.

Hugo had little to do but had to be at his best when Vincent nodded down for Memphis Depay to swivel and strike at goal from close range - Hugo palmed the ball away and grabbed the rebound.

Below: Hugo climbs high to clear v Holland 


It was a tough night for Vincent spearheading the Dutch attack but he certainly kept France's central pair of Koscielny and Varane occupied. His main sight of goal came in the second half when he rolled away from Verane before firing into the side-netting from a tight angle.

France now top Group A of the UEFA qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. They are level on points with Sweden with Holland down to the third. Only the group winners qualify directly for Russia.


Hugo and Moussa v Vincent wasn't the only Spurs v Spurs international on Monday - Kyle Walker-Peters and Cameron Carter-Vickers lined-up for England and USA Under-20s respectively in the final match of a four-team tournament at Rochdale's Spotland.

Cameron captained the USA and both players played 90 minutes as England ran out 2-0 winners to complete a clean sweep of wins against USA, Germany and Holland.

Below: Jan in action for Belgium against Gibraltar


Six shooters

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen had a comfortable night as expected as Belgium beat Gibraltar 6-0 in WCQ Group H.

That included a record-breaking goal after seven seconds from Christian Benteke - the quickest-ever in WCQ - as Belgium made it three wins in three.

Toby set-up the sixth and final goal for Eden Hazard.

Edwards on target

Marcus Edwards scored for England Under-19s in the 2-1 friendly win against Bulgaria at Wycombe's Adams Park. He struck in the ninth minute and put in an 85-minute shift.

Wednesday's action

England return to WCQ action tonight - and our four players could all feature again against Slovenia.

Interim manager Gareth Southgate has already stated Eric Dier will start for what is seen as England's toughest game in qualifying and he may well be joined by Danny Rose. Kyle Walker and Dele Alli.

Elsewhere, in-form Heung-Min Son is in the South Korea squad for Asian WCQ against Iran (3.45pm UK) while Christian Eriksen and Denmark take on Montenegro.

Josh Onomah is with England Under-21s for a European U21 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Walsall (3pm). England have already qualified for next summer's finals.