Bafana Bafana

Kylian Mbappe puts on a show as France trounce 10-man Bafana Bafana in Lille

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Kylian Mbappe (L) and Lyle Lakay (R) fights for possession during the International friendly match between France and South Africa on 29 March 2022 in Lille, France.
Kylian Mbappe (L) and Lyle Lakay (R) fights for possession during the International friendly match between France and South Africa on 29 March 2022 in Lille, France.
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  • Bafana Bafana suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat against France on Tuesday in an international friendly.
  • It was the first match since the 2010 FIFA World Cup that the two nations played against each other.
  • Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder and Matteo Guendouzi all scored on the night.

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.

AS IT HAPPENED | France 5-0 Bafana Bafana

Star striker Kylian Mbappe scored the opening goal with a stunning curling effort that dipped over the palm of Bafana goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams.

Minutes later, veteran forward Olivier Giroud doubled the score, netting his 48th goal for Les Bleus from close range as he brushed aside challenges from Siyanda Xulu and Nkosinathi Sibisi.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea forward moves closer to dethroning France great Thierry Henry, who holds the record of 51 goals for the national team.

France continued to display their dominance in the second stanza as Mbappe added his second of the night from the penalty spot after Xulu tugged and pulled the Paris Saint-Germain forward to the ground.

Bafana remained bystanders in front of 50 000 roaring French fans as substitute Wissam Ben Yedder tapped in from close range courtesy of a well-orchestrated assisted header from Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

It then got worse as Bafana went a man down.

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Khuliso Mudau was shown a straight red card for a high boot that caught the leg of a French player.

France head coach Didier Deschamps also offered playing minutes to Matteo Guendouzi and the midfielder added his name to the scoresheet with a low strike that curled into the bottom left corner beyond Williams' reach to cap off the night.

A 5-0 victory was in the bag for France but it was a great football lesson for Hugo Broos' charges, who arrived in Lille coming off a goalless draw against Guinea on Friday in Belgium.

Meanwhile, France were put to the test against Ivory Coast as they had to come from behind to claim a 2-1 win.

South Africa will return to action in June to kick off their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

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