Sissoko wins out over Wijnaldum as match stopped after 14 minutes
Gini Wijnamdum and Moussa Sissoko played peripheral roles on Friday night, as tributes were paid to Johan Cruyff.
France overcame Holland 3-2 in the Amsterdam Arena but the whole focus was around the 14th minute mark.
After the 14th minute the match stopped and the planned minute’s silence instead turned into a minute’s standing ovation, with all 22 players pausing to join in the tribute with spectators, team officials and those on the benches.
An image of Cruyff appeared on the stadium’s big screen each Dutch player’s shirt had Johan Cruyff’s iconic number printed on the right sleeve – but none of the home players wore the number 14 shirt.
The match did its best to live up to the memory of the great Dutch player, with France racing into a 2-0 lead even before the game was stopped for that minute’s ovation.
Griezmann (6) and Giroud (13) with the goals.
Former Newcastle loan player Luuk de Jong then pulled one back on 47 minutes to make a game of it.
As the second half wore on there were numerous changes and Newcastle’s Gini Wijnaldum replaced Davy Klaassen on 76 minutes, then with four monutes remaining Affellay brought the game level.
Moussa Sissoko was instantly brought on for Paul Pogba and only seconds later Matuidi scored the winner, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial with the assist.
Appropriately the French player with the winning goal was wearing number 14.
There are already moves by the Dutch FA to have the Amsterdam Arena renamed after John Cruyff and it looks a formality.
Didier Deschamps played tribute afterwards to both John Cruyfff and to the fit and proper tribute that the night had produced:
“It was special, a great man like Johan Cruyff deserved such a tribute and the stadium responded to him.”
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