In an international friendly contested at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, reigning world champions France cruised to a 5-0 victory over South Africa.
France started quickly and almost took the lead in the fifth minute, when Lucas Digne’s cross from the left was helped on by Olivier Giroud, but South African captain and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams made a wonderful reaction stop.
After being warned about Mbappe’s potential, South Africa’s defense stood against him for too long in the 23rd minute, and the France number 10 selected his place with unerring accuracy, sending a lofted effort into the top corner of the goal from the edge of the box to put Les Bleus up 1-0.
In the 33rd minute, Giroud doubled France’s lead after receiving a pass from Antoine Griezmann in the box, turning and showing wonderful control to misdirect the central defenders and Williams before firing low into the net with his left foot.
On 74 minutes, Mbappe continued to terrorize the visitors’ defense, earning a penalty after a poor challenge from Siyanda Xulu – the attacker took the penalty himself and beat Williams for the second time to make it 3-0.
On 82 minutes, Mbappe’s right-wing cross was headed back across goal by Paul Pogba, who was then turned home at close range by Wissam Ben Yedder.
After a VAR review, Mudau was sent out for a vicious studs-up challenge on Digne’s Achilles heel, reducing Bafana to ten men.
In injury time, Matteo Guendouzi made it 5-0 with a curling effort from outside the box that beat Williams’ left hand and found the bottom corner of the net.