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First-half burst helps France see off Dutch

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An impressive France proved too strong for the Netherlands in Paris on Wednesday as first-half goals from Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi sealed a 2-0 friendly win. 

France's forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring the first goal during a friendly football match between France and Netherlands at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis near Paris on March 5, 2014

Benzema volleyed home the opener just after the half-hour mark and Matuidi added another three minutes before the interval, and the visitors never really looked like coming back into the game as they slumped to a first defeat in 19 matches.

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