Mbappe salva a Francia

2018 Oct 12

The surprise came before the match when the rumor of the day was confirmed: Kylian Mbappé was not a starter in the match as planned. Didier Deschamps preferred to take this friendly test.Thauvin started for the first time with the national team, Digne and Kimpembe returned to eleven, Nzonzi played instead of Kanté and Dembélé was rewarded for his good start to the season.The Deschamps tests were not convincing. Few inspired, the Bleus suffered several occasions until the Icelanders managed to open the score thanks to Bjarnason (minute 30). Lloris miraculously avoided 0-2 by stopping three shots in the same action at the end of the first half. Deschamps decided to return from the locker room with the same eleven. The tendency of the first part was confirmed when Árnason scored a header after a corner kick (minute 58).Mbappé changed the matchShortly after the 0-2, Mbappé replaced Griezmann. The party began to change dynamics. Each ball that passed through the feet of the PSG striker became dangerous. The French dominance was rewarded after another genius of Mbappé that caused the own goal by Eyjólfsson (minute 86). Mbappé equalized at the last minute thanks to a penalty taken after a hand by Sigthorsson.Deschamps said after the game that he is not worried although he highlighted the low performance of those who debuted the game. Asked about his statistics at the age of 19 and those of Messi and Cristiano with the same age, Mbappé said "he did not compare me to them, when they were 19 years old the game was more important than the statistics". Next Tuesday France receives Germany.