France have shown why they’re favourites to win the Euros with a comfortable win over Wales.
Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele all got on the scoresheet, and bringing Benzema back looks a canny move by Deschamps.
Wales were always going to struggle after Neco Williams’ dismissal, which had a touch of misfortune about it.
The goalkeeping performance of Danny Ward was a huge statement of intent for him, in the fight to edge out Wayne Hennessey for the opening European Championship game against Switzerland in Baku a week on Saturday.
The Leicester keeper clawed out a Paul Pogba header with a save of top quality and within minutes had saved a Karim Benzema penalty, leaping low to his right to save with a strong hand.
Ward seemed to have repelled France again when he managed to get his left foot to a shot that was deflected by Antoine Griezmann.
But Kylian Mbappe’s reaction was sharper than Chris Mepham and he sent France ahead.
The night provided a measure of why England badly need to avoid France in the round of 16. Benzema’s recall after six years in the international wilderness provides them with a superior centre forward to Olivier Giroud.
Their exchange of the ball was rapid, precise and imaginative. The second goal was artistry — Mbappe rolling a ball Pogba had played up under his heels to Griezmann, who curled the ball high beyond Ward.
Substitute Moussa Dembele scored the third, pouncing after Benzema’s shot rebounded off the post.
Deschamps will be pleased with the ruthlessness his side have displayed. Given they’re grouped with Germany, Portugal and Hungary at the Euros they’ll need to be at their best.
Wales will take this defeat on the chin and move on. They won’t play a side the quality of France every day and Ward caught the eye with some great goalkeeping.
France’s next friendly action will be against Bulgaria while Wales will host Albania this weekend. It’s all valuable preparation for the more important games to come.