Louis van Gaal’s side came into the match unbeaten in 17 matches stretching back to summer 2012 but France looked the sharper from the outset.
Benzema had a couple of chances to score before rifling past Jasper Cillessen just past the half hour and Matuidi gave France a deserved lead at the break with an exquisitely taken volley.
But France were good value for their win and it would not have been unflattering had they won by more.
18’ – VLAAR CLEARS OF THE LINE: Benzema looks certain to score from Griezmann’s cross but his header hits Vlaar on the line with the keeper beaten.
19’ – BENZEMA GOAL RULED OUT: He has it in the net but is flagged just offside.
29’ – LLORIS SAVE: It’s a chance for Van Persie but he hits it straight at Lloris and Vlaar hits the rebound over.
32’ – GOAL FRANCE: It has been coming for Benzema and he lashes his shot past Cillessen from Matuidi’s assist.
41’ – GOAL FRANCE: Les Bleus double the lead with an exquisite volleyed finish by Matuidi from Valbuena’s cross.
51’ – CHANCE FOR FRANCE: Pogba plays in Griezmann but his first touch lets him down when through on goal.
58’ - CHANCE FOR FRANCE: Varane heads over the bar from a good position.
83’ – CHANCE FOR HOLLAND: Van Persie looks likely to score but Mangala clears as he’s about to pull the trigger.
Defeat for the Netherlands marks their first since losing 4-2 to Belgium back in August 2012.
It was their first loss in 18 matches in all competitions.
Antoine Griezmann makes his France debut.
TALKING POINT: Where were Holland’s attacking threats? Only four shots and one on goal is a worrying stat for Louis van Gaal. Without the menace of Arjen Robben, the Dutch looked toothless.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Blaise Matuidi (France): hard to argue with this one. Set up Benzema for the first and scored a delightful second.
France : Lloris 6, Debuchy 7, Evra 6, Mangala 7, Varane 6, Pogba 6, Matuidi 8, Cabaye 6, Valbuena 7, Benzema 7, Griezmann 6. Subs: Sagna 6, Digne 6, Sissoko 6, RIbery 6, Giroud 6, Remy 6.
Netherlands : Cillessen 6; Van der Wiel 5, Vlaar 6, Martins Indi 7, Blind 5; Clasie 6, Sneijder 6, Strootman 6; Promes 7, Van Persie 5, Boetius 6. Subs: Rekik 6, Schaars 6, Klaassen 6, Depay 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Karim Benzema
- Blaise Matuidi
- Hugo Lloris