Wales were well beaten by impressive France in a friendly in Paris – but the match offered hope for the visitors with the emergence of a next generation of young players.
France made a blistering start, with Kylian Mbappe hitting the crossbar before Antoine Griezmann’s neat volley on the turn gave the dominant hosts a richly-deserved lead.
They eased off a little from that point but their myriad attacking threats combined dangerously throughout and, after missing several chances, the home side doubled their advantage through Olivier Giroud’s deflected effort.
It was a fortuitous goal but no more than France’s play warranted, with Les Bleus twice hitting the woodwork as Wales’ goal came under siege.
Despite being outplayed for much of the game, Wales will take heart from the promising performances of Chelsea’s 17-year-old defensive midfielder Ethan Ampadu and Sheffield United forward David Brooks, who impressed after coming on for their debuts in the second half.
With Liverpool’s 18-year-old forward Ben Woodburn introduced at the same point for his fifth cap, the sight of three talented young Welsh players on the field felt like a significant moment for Wales’ future.