While neither side set the Amsterdam Arena alight, few would argue France was undeserving of the three points as the Netherlands, a flurry of late chances aside, rarely looked like threatening.
“This is an important victory, it is deserved,” Deschamps told French television. “We could have scored more goals. In the second half we had less possession, less control but coming to win here is good knowing we did not have the desired result in the first game (0-0 vs. Belarus).
“Winning here is solid and having more opportunities than them is very satisfying.”
The tone of the night was set inside 10 minutes, with Kevin Gameiro drawing an acrobatic save from goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Jeffrey Bruma’s loose ball gifted possession to Antoine Griezmann, who played in his Atletico Madrid teammate but his shot was parried behind for a corner.
The Netherlands had started its World Cup…