Ousmane Dembele celebrated his return to the international fold with his first competitive goal for France in World Cup qualifying on Sunday.
The Barcelona forward struck the opener after 19 minutes against Kazakhstan with a powerful low shot across goal from just inside the penalty area.
Martial ➡️ Dembele ➡️⚽— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 28, 2021
Ousmane Dembele fires France in front against Kazakhstan ✔️
vs live on Sky Sports Football now! pic.twitter.com/Hh4XCYQYxp
Dembele was one of three Barcelona players in a France team showing plenty of changes from Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine. Clement Lenglet was back in defense, while Antoine Griezmann featured in attack along with Dembele.
France doubled their lead just before half-time when Sergey Malyy headed a Griezmann corner past his own goalkeeper and into the net.
More chances came France’s way after the break with Dembele and substitute Kylian Mbappe both seeing efforts saved by the goalkeeper.
Ousmane Dembélé‘s game by numbers vs. Kazakhstan:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 28, 2021
100% shot accuracy
2 shots on target
1 chance created
His first goal for France since June 2018. pic.twitter.com/6MaCgUYtVM
Mbappe also missed a penalty after being fouled by Nuraly Alip.
France play again on Wednesday against Bosnia and Herzegovina which will see the Barca contingent come up against Miralem Pjanic.