The Netherlands' home friendly against France was stopped after 14 minutes for a minute's applause to remember Dutch great Johan Cruyff. Former Netherlands star famously wore the number 14 shirt, died of cancer aged 68 on Thursday.
A minute's silence for the former Dutch captain and coach was planned, but the tribute turned into a standing ovation from fans at the Amsterdam Arena. An image of Cruyff appeared on the stadium's big screen during the minute's applause, with all 22 players pausing to join in the tribute. Cruyff, who was named European footballer of the year three times, helped the Dutch reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to West Germany.
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After only fifteen minutes, France were already two goals ahead thanks to Antoine Griezmann's brilliant free-kick and a clinical finish from Olivier Giroud, who has now scored four times in as many games for his country.
Netherlands improved after the break and managed an incredible come-back with Luuk de Jong's controversial goal, which appeared to be a handball and substitute Ibrahim Afellay looked to have rescued a draw late on with a low 86th-minute strike. But Blaise Matuidi scored with three minutes remaining as France recovered from a Netherlands comeback to win 3-2 in Amsterdam.
The Netherlands, will play England at Wembley on Tuesday, while France will face Russia.