France strolled to a comfortable win over Wales on Wednesday night and although he didn’t score and missed a penalty, Karim Benzema put in an excellent performance on his return to international duty.
Didier Deschamps sent a signal of intent to the rest of Europe by lining up with Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann in attack, and Les Bleus showed their strength as the game went on.
It was clear early that Benzema was going to be no different for France as he has been for Real Madrid over the last two years, and he was involved in everything the world champions did in attack, linking nicely with Mbappe and Griezmann.
The Barcelona forward almost found himself operating as a fourth midfielder at times, and the side had a nice balance to it.
They were helped by Wales spending much of the evening a man down, though. Nico Williams was sent off for handling in the area, present France with a penalty that Benzema missed.
Mbappe and Griezmann both scored before Ousmane Dembele sealed the win late on.