International round-up: Excellent night for Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay impresses

by Leo Nieboer


Paul PogbaA bombastic, commanding influence all evening for France. The 23-year-old, deployed in midfield alongside Blaise Matuidi, had the license to rampage forward and cause problems with his aggressive style and superb range of passing. His goal after half an hour – a ferocious pile-driver from 30 yards – was enough to settle a scrappy contest, and acts as a wonderful confidence booster ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Anfield next Monday.

Anthony MartialReplaced Dimitri Payet after 67 minutes and displayed plenty of attacking enterprise on the left hand side, causing numerous problems for Feyenoord right-back Rick Karsdorp in the closing stages. Occasionally lacked end product, but succeeded in putting the Dutch on the back foot.

Daley BlindMade some promising contributions going forward, linking up regularly with Davy Pröpper and Memphis. Calmly thwarted attacking onslaughts down the right hand side from the likes of Djibril Sidibé and Moussa Sissoko, but couldn’t prevent his side from slipping to defeat.

Memphis DepayCame on after 15 minutes as a replacement for the injured Quincy Promes and immediately injected life into a stagnant Dutch attack. Constantly troubled Sidibé on the left hand side, leaving him for dead on one occasion with a splendid turn. Almost earned his side a point late on with a powerful strike that Huge Lloris managed to paw away.

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