Netherlands pay tribute to Cruyff during France friendly

The two teams paid their respects for the icon by stopping the match after 14 minutes for a period of applause, as had been announced before the game.

A banner with a picture of the late Johan Cruyff who played with number 14, is seen after players of the Dutch and French teams observed a minute of silence in the 14th minute of the game.   -  AP

Netherlands and France players united to pay tribute to football legend Johan Cruyff during Friday's friendly clash at the Amsterdam ArenA. 

Dutch great Cruyff passed away on Thursday in Barcelona at the age of 68 after losing his battle against cancer. The two teams paid their respects for the icon by stopping the match after 14 minutes for a period of applause, as had been announced before the game.

Prior to kick-off, images of Cruyff were displayed throughout the tunnel area and around the stadium, while all mascots lined up wearing the number 14 jersey he made famous the world over.

France was already 2-0 ahead by the time of the 14th-minute tribute, which came immediately after Olivier Giroud's goal had followed up an early Antoine Griezmann effort.