League of Nations: Olivier Giroud gets the winner while France celebrates the welcome World Cup

Nations League: Olivier Giroud Gets Winner As France Celebrate World Cup Homecoming

The Stade de France exploded in the celebration of Giroud's winner in a game that had a competitive advantage as part of the new UEFA League of Nations.

However, this match on a nice afternoon was actually the prelude to the celebrations of the World Cup victory on the pitch in front of nearly 80,000 fans at the national stadium after the final whistle.

"The victory was the most important, so we can have a great party," coach Didier Deschamps told M6 television.

"I'm very happy with Olivier, the forwards can have periods like those in which they are not so efficient, but it's useful in our accumulation play, scored a beautiful goal and, in addition, gave us the victory."

The French team and its supporters saw this occasion as the opportunity to make up for the lack of a memorable public celebration immediately after the World Cup triumph in Russia.

The day after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, Les Bleus hurriedly paraded down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on their way to a reception hosted by President Emmanuel Macron.

The hasty nature of these celebrations disappointed the approximately 300,000 fans who took to the streets, and this time the victorious squad was presented one by one to the fans after the final whistle.

The World Cup trophy was also exhibited, and the team made a return of honor, singing with supporters, in the stadium where France won for the first time in 1998.

"Now is the time to have a party," Paul Pogba told M6.

"When we went back to France, it was very short, there was all the security around the bus and we could not celebrate it with the public.

"This time we're at the Stade de France, it's full, it's beautiful."

The starting lineup for France was the same as in Thursday's 0-0 draw with Germany in Munich, which means that the only change to the World Cup final was in goal, with Alphonse Areola replacing the injured Hugo Lloris.

Tingling in the spine

The teams were greeted by a huge banner that read "world champions" and covered the playing field, before a chilling version of the French national anthem.

Mbappe forced a good save from Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen in 50 seconds, and his performance here showed why he is chosen as the future winner of the Golden Ball.

He made the breakthrough in the 14th minute when he converted a ball crossed by Blaise Matuidi for his eighth international goal in 2018.

The hosts watched in full control against a Dutch side rebuilding under Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for Euro 2016 or the World Cup.

The visitors needed a great opportunity in the 66th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum found himself behind the defense, but his shot went wide.

But the Dutch were ready just a minute later, Kenny Tete giving himself a cross from the right so that Babel, unmissable with his hair dyed red, was converted.

However, Giroud got the win, his 32nd. For his country to see him get away from Zinedine Zidane for France.

After drawing in Germany, France is in control in Group 1 of three League A teams in the League of Nations, and the group's winners will advance to the four-team final next June.

But for them the night was always about post game festivities mainly.

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