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Thursday 19 October 2017

10-man France triumph as video comes into play

France’s Ousmane Dembele celebrates scoring their third goal with Kylian Mbappe. Photo: Reuters / Lee Smith
France’s Ousmane Dembele celebrates scoring their third goal with Kylian Mbappe. Photo: Reuters / Lee Smith

Harry Kane's brace went in vain as France brushed aside Raphael Varane's video-assisted red card to claim a 3-2 victory over England in a high-octane friendly in Paris.

There was plenty to distract from the football - from the pre-match show of solidarity with the terror victims of Manchester and London to the first use of VAR in an England match.

But the on-field action provided more traditional entertainment, Kane's close-range finish and second-half penalty cancelling out efforts from Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe only for Ousmane Dembele to win it for Les Bleus 12 minutes from time.

The second half was little more than a minute old when a game-changing passage of play unfolded.

Dele Alli burst in behind the back line and had his heels clipped by Raphael Varane. Italian referee Davide Massa pointed to the spot and appeared to go for a yellow card but then called for VARs Marco Guida and Massimiliano Irrati to review his decision.

After a minute, during which confusion appeared to reign on the field and in the stands, the penalty was confirmed and Varane dismissed.

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