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Dembele on target in France win

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The forward netted his first international goal since 2018

FBL-WC-2022-EUR-QUALIFIERS-KAZ-FRA Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

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.

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.

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.