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Kylian Mbappe (R) fights for the ball with Khuliso Mudau (L) during an international friendly match between France and South Africa at Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq on 29 March 2022.
Kylian Mbappe (R) fights for the ball with Khuliso Mudau (L) during an international friendly match between France and South Africa at Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq on 29 March 2022.
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30 March 00:14

MATCH REPORT: World champions France put five goals past Bafana Bafana in a one-sided affair at the Stade Pierre Mauroy during an international friendly encounter on Tuesday.

<p><strong>MATCH REPORT: </strong>World champions&nbsp;France&nbsp;put five goals past&nbsp;Bafana Bafana&nbsp;in a one-sided affair at the Stade Pierre Mauroy during an international friendly encounter on Tuesday.</p>
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29 March 23:08

FULL-TIME: World champions France were in a league of their own against Bafana Bafana as they cruised to a 5-0 victory in Lille, courtesy of goals from Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder and Matteo Guendouzi.

29 March 23:06

92' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

And with the last strike of the game, Guendouzi sweetly tucks in a curling effort into the bottom corner.

29 March 23:00

88' Nkunku replaces Clauss.

29 March 22:58

84' RED CARD! Bafana are down to 10-men as Mudau sent off with a high boot to the ankle of France player.

29 March 22:56

Ben Yedder scores France's fourth of the night. Pogba rises and assists with his head. Beautiful football.

29 March 22:55

80' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

29 March 22:55

79' Hugo Broos opts to change his right back with Shandu replacing Mobbie. 

29 March 22:53

France substitutions

OFF - Varane, Rabiot

ON - Kounde, Guendouzi

29 March 22:48

Williams dives the right way but Mbappe's strike is deep and low in the bottom corner. 

29 March 22:48

GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

29 March 22:46

74' PENALTY! Xulu brings Mbappe down as he tugged the player down.

29 March 22:44

72' Makgopa comes on for Foster.

29 March 22:40

Bafana substitution

OFF - Hlongwane

ON - Dolly

29 March 22:38

France substitutions

OFF - Griezmann, Giroud, Kante 

ON - Diaby, Pogba, Ben Yedder

29 March 22:27

53' CHANCE! Double save from Williams. First from a powerful Mbappe strike that he lofts onto the crossbar and out for a corner-kick.

Then Kimpembe rises to head home only for Williams to put a stop to it and put it onto the crossbar again and out for a corner. 

29 March 22:22

49' CHANCE! Kante dispatches the ball off a Bafana player and instantly plays it towards Klaus, who has a go from distance with immense power.

It rattles the side netting!

29 March 22:20

Bafana substitution

OFF - F. Lakay, Mokoena

ON - Mudau, Mosele

29 March 22:19

45' Second-half is now under way!

29 March 22:03

HALF-TIME: A fairly comfortable first half for the world champions in front of a strong-50 000 home crowd. 

Mbappe gave France the lead with a sensational strike before Giroud doubled the score for Les Bleus. 

29 March 22:01

44' Mbappe with pace down the left flank and no Bafana player can stop him. He gets in the box with two yellow shirts on either side and lets go of a thunderous strike, which Williams stops before gathering the ball after it ricochets off his chest. 

29 March 21:57

40' Bafana have certainly not worried the French goalkeeper in this first stanza so far. More needs to be done from the midfield and front three. 

29 March 21:49

Giroud with a simple dummy of Xulu and Sibisi to slot it into the back of the net. 

29 March 21:48

33' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

29 March 21:42

Possession statistics: France 70% - Bafana 30%

29 March 21:39

A brilliant curling effort into the far corner by Kylian Mbappe. Simply sensational, with Ronwen Williams struggling to get a palm to it.

29 March 21:38

23' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

29 March 21:33

17' The world champions are finding their rhythm now, with Bafana just bystanders at the moment.

29 March 21:32

15' CHANCE! Mvala looks to despatch Mbappe off the ball from 40 yards out but the French forward cheekily puts it through his legs before collecting it again and from 30 yards out has a go at goal but his shot is again wide.

29 March 21:26

9' A counterattack with Kante sweepingly getting away from the Bafana midfield to play sweet through ball that eventually finds Griezman who sets it up for Mbappe and the PSG striker's first touch is a shot that goes wide. 

29 March 21:15

1' And the first half is now underway ...

29 March 21:14

There is real anticipation about this fixture. We got a feat on our hands, especially for South Africa! 

29 March 21:13

And now the French national anthem - La Marseillaise

29 March 21:12

First up, the national anthem of South Africa - Nkosi sikelel' Afrika

29 March 21:11

And we're underway with the teams walking out of the tunnel ...

29 March 21:07

We're minutes away, this is the chosen formation chosen by Didier Deschamps (France) and Hugo Broos (Bafana Bafana).
We're minutes away, this is the chosen formation chosen by Didier Deschamps (France) and Hugo Broos (Bafana Bafana).

29 March 20:51

Match Officials

Referee - Sandro Scharer (Switzerland)

A. Ref (linesman) - Stephane De Almeida (Switzerland)

A. Ref (linesman)- Bekim Zogaj (Switzerland)

Fourth official - Luca Cibelli (Switzerland)

29 March 20:27

Bafana Bafana XI: Williams, Mobbie, Xulu, Sibisi, L. Lakay, Mvala, Mokoena, Monare, F. Lakay, Foster, Hlongwane.

Substitutes: Bvuma, Mothwa, De Reuck, Makgopa, Dolly, Mosele, Mcaba, Letsoalo, Brooks, Mudau, Mashego, Shandu.

29 March 20:25

France XI: Maignan, Saliba, Varane, Kimpembe, Clauss, Rabiot, Kante, Digne, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe.

Substitutes: Areola, Lloris, Pogba, Kounde, Coman, Diaby, Ben Yedder, L. Hernandez, T. Hernandez, Guendouzi, Nkunku, Tchouameni.

29 March 19:53

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Match Officials: Our referee is Sandro Scharer. He will be assisted by Stephane De Almeida and Bekim Zogaj. The fourth official is Luca Cibelli.
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The Bafana Bafana Coach, Hugo Broos stressed before these friendly games that all the players on tour would be given an opportunity to represent South Africa.
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South Africa: 1 R Williams (c) 2 N Mobbie 5 S Xulu 13 N Sibisi 7 L Lakay 4 T Mokoena 14 M Mvala 6 T Monare 18 F Lakay 8 L Foster 12 B Hlongwane. Substitutes 23 B Shandu 10 K Dolly 3 R De Reuck 15 A Mcaba 19 E Brooks 17 V Letsoalo 16 V Mothwa 21 T Mashego 22 B Bvuma 9 E Makgopa 11 G Mosele 20 K Mudau
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France: 16 M Maignan 2 W Saliba 4 R Varane (c) 3 P Kimpembe 15 J Clauss 13 N Kanté 14 A Rabiot 18 L Digne 7 A Griezmann 10 K Mbappe 9 O Giroud. Substitutes 23 A Areola 12 C Nkunku 11 K Coman 1 H Lloris 8 A Tchouameni 5 J Koundé 21 L Hernandez 19 W Ben Yedder 17 M Guendouzi 22 T Hernández 20 M Diaby 6 P Pogba
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An interesting statistic is that this is South Africa's 200th away game.
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South Aftrica have failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This is part of a rebuilding process for the next major competition.
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France are currently ranked third in the World by FIFA, while South Africa are down in the 68th place.
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These teams have not met since the 2010 Soccer World Cup when Bafana Bafana beat Les Bleus 2-1 at the Free State Stadium.
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France defeated Côte d'Ivoire 2-1 on Friday, while South Africa played to a goalless draw against Guinea.
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Good evening and welcome to Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille for our coverage of this International friendly match between France and South Africa.
1'
Kick-off! We are underway here in Lille! Bafana Bafana face a very formidable French side here this evening.
3'
Mbappe is down after a foul by Mobbie and France have a free-kick.
5'
As expected France are controlling possession even after just five minutes.
6'
SAVED by Williams! The cross from Digne into the area falls for Giroud but the Bafana Bafana captain Williams does REALLY WELL! Giroud was expected to score there!
8'
It's a Bafana Bafana free-kick after a foul on Lakay.
9'
The set-piece is easily cleared by Maignan.
11'
WIDE! Too casual by Mbappe after a cross by Digne yet again and it flies to the right.
13'
Varane is guilty of a foul on Lakay for a Bafana Bafana free-kick.
15'
The set-piece is cleared and Giroud launches a counter-attack but Mokoena is down for South Africa in the process.
16'
WIDE! Mbappe tries his luck from long-range! It swirls in the air but it was always going WIDE!
17'
Mbappe free and unmarked down the left yet again. They will have to watch him!
20'
France continue to look patiently for their best attacking opportunities.
22'
Mokoena follows up nicely and gets into the right position but his final shot is POOR and flies OVER!
23'
GOAL, FRANCE, MBAPPE! 1-0: WOW! As only Mbappe can do! Williams had no chance, It is curled away from the keeper and then comes back to beat Williams in the top right hand corner. Brilliant!
27'
Mbappe has been giving Mokoena a run for his money down the left.
29'
Williams has been brilliant thus far, He must not let that goal get him down. That was Mbappe at his BEST!
30'
We are 30 minutes into the game and so far so good for Bafana Bafana.
33'
GOAL, FRANCE, GIROUD! 0-2: Lakay finds Mobbie on the right and makes good ground but France clear to launch a counter-attack. Giroud gets to the end of it after a pass from Griezmann and he doubles the lead! That was a picture of composure!
36'
France continue to apply the pressure on Bafana Bafana.
39'
Griezmann floats in a France corner but Williams does well to clear.
42'
Clauss comes close after another patient French build-up but he fails to connect properly.
44'
Rabiot tries his luck from long-range. He has done better in the past, Ambitious to show the least about that shot.
45'
HALF-TIME: FRANCE 2-0 SOUTH AFRICA. The home team have a two goal advantage at the end of the half but if it was not for Williams and the defence it may have been more. Hugo Broos will have a stern talk at the break.
46'
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
47'
SUBSTITUTION: Changes for South Africa at the break. Mokoena has been replaced by Mosele and Lakay has been replaced by Mudau.
50'
France have a dangerous free-kick but luckily for Bafana Bafana it's a poor set-piece.
53'
WOODWORK! Mbappe hits the post! Everyone expected him to score and Bafana get away with one after a patient build-up.
56'
It's now Kimpembe's turn to head it towards goal and again Williams is there to rescue things.
59'
Mbappe directs a cross towards Digne, whi is on a good run but the flag is up for OFFSIDE!
63'
A Giroud shot is SAVED by Williams and Digne cannot put away the rebound.
66'
SUBSTITUTION: A change for France. It's not getting better for Bafana. Pogba is on for Giroud, Ben Yedder is on for Kante and Diaby is on for Griezmann.
68'
YELLOW! Monare and Rabiot are both booked for cynical fouls.
69'
SUBSTITUTION: A change for Bafana Bafana and Dolly is on for Hlongwane.
72'
The French dominance continues before Pogba sends his long-range effort OVER!
74'
SUBSTITUTION: Makgopa is on for Foster as Bafana Bafana make a change.
75'
PENALTY, FRANCE! Mbappe is taken out and it's a clear spot-kick! Xulu is booked as a result!
76'
GOAL, FRANCE, MBAPPE! 3-0: Mbappe converts from the spot!
80'
SUBSTITUTION! Rabiot and Varane is off for France, while Kounde and Guendouzi is on. Mobbie is off for Bafana Bafana and Shandu is on.
81'
GOAL, FRANCE, BEN YEDDER! 4-0: Oh Dear! Now that was too easy! The cross meets the head of Pogba. He heads it into the path of Ben Yedder and the rest is history!
84'
YELLOW! Mudau is booked for a foul on a French player. VAR is involved and it is upgraded to RED! Oh Dear!
87'
Mbappe shoots and luckily Williams clears.
90'
We will have two minutes of time added on for stoppages.
92'
GOAL, FRANCE, GUENDOUZI! 5-0: What a finish and what an assist by Mbappe. That is the final nail with a strike in the corner.
93'
FULL-TIME: FRANCE 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA. Keep your heads up Bafana Bafana. Despite the result you actually did ok. Let this be a learning curve for future competitions. There is a reason Frans is number three and Bafana Bafana is at 68th. Thank you for joining us!
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South Africa
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Goal Scorers
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23' Mbappe Kylian
34' Giroud Oli...
76' Mbappe Kylian
82' Ben Yedder...
90' Guendouzi ...
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Yellow Cards
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Red Cards
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Squad
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Saliba William
Kimpembe Pr...
Varane Raphael
Griezmann A...
Giroud Olivier
Mbappe Kylian
Kanté N'Golo
Rabiot Adrien
Clauss Jona...
Maignan Mike
Digne Lucas
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Williams Ro...
Mobbie Nyik...
Mokoena Teboho
Xulu Siyanda
Monare Thabang
Lakay Lyle
Foster Lyle
Hlongwane B...
Sibisi Nkos...
Mvala Mothobi
Lakay Fagrie
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Reserves
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Pogba Paul
Coman Kingsley
Ben Yedder ...
Areola Alph...
Lloris Hugo
Hernández P...
Nkunku Chri...
Hernandez Theo
Tchouaméni ...
Guendouzi M...
Koundé Jules
Diaby Moussa
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Dolly Keagan
Shandu Bandile
Letsoalo Se...
Mothwa Veli
Bvuma Bruce
De Reuck Ru...
Mosele Goodman
Mudau Khuliso
Makgopa Sek...
Mashego Ter...
Brooks Etha...
Mcaba Athen...