- France defeat the Netherlands 3-1 in Brazil 2019’s third-place match
- Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga nets a hat-trick
- Les Bleuets capture second U-17 World Cup medal
Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga’s hat-trick sparked a 3-1 victory for France over the Netherlands on Sunday in the third-place match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™. Though they conceded the opening goal 15 minutes in, Les Bleuets rallied to down the Dutch on the back of their No7, who scored once in the first half and twice in the second. It is the second medal the French have earned at the U-17 world finals having been crowned world champions in 2001.
Reminiscent of the European championships, again France overcame the Netherlands. Back in May the Dutch became continental kings but fell to the French in the group stage. On Sunday, Kalimuendo-Muinga equalised seven minutes after the early Oranje goal, putting away Melih Altikulac’s cross from the left. On 54 minutes the Paris Saint-Germain youngster was at it again, picked out by Waniss Taibi after rushing into the box on a counter attack. He completed his hat-trick with quick thinking, producing a diving header after Adil Aouchiche’s initial shot attempt was saved by Calvin Raatsie.
The match started brightly for the Dutch thanks to captain Kenneth Taylor and No10 Mohamed Taabouni. Taylor played a perfectly-weighed pass over the top in the 15th minute to Taabouni behind the France defence. Taabouni did the rest, waiting for goalkeeper Darren Lima Semedo to slide before chipping the ball into the net. Shortly after taking the lead, the Netherlands struggled to contain France’s resurgent attack. Their best chance to get back into the tie came from leading goalscorer Sontje Hansen in the 61st minute, but Semedo made a fine reaction save of the Ajax youth player’s first-time shot in the box.