The French international Kylian Mbappé scores a friendly penalty on Iceland on October 11, 2018 in Guingamp
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Unrecognizably, the champions of the French world waited for access to the supersonic game of Kylian Mbappé and the last seconds to save the draw against Iceland (2-2), Thursday in Guingamp, for a conquered Breton public.
The Blues were almost lost for the first time in their history against Icelanders … But Mbappé was there to lure the goal against his Icelandic camp (86th) and then scored the penalty equalizer (90th) in extremis.
The Parisian prodigy continues to make the difference, just like his four-legged friend against Lyon (5-0) last weekend in the competition.
In the context of the League of Nations game against Germany on Tuesday, otherwise more important athlete than this friend in Guingamp, Didier Deschamps had chosen to keep his nugget at the kick-off, because of a small muscle.
"I did not want to take any risks and neither did I. I was waiting today to see how he felt when he warmed up, it was a lot better", said DD after the game.
The coach finally decided to let him get on the game time, but took him to see the deboulés of the attacker of 19 years, the origin of the first goal and the conclusion of the second, of a strong penalty after an Icelandic hand in the box.
10 goals …
He becomes "the first player in the history of the French team to reach the goal line of 10 goals in Blue before his 20 years", said the statistician Opta.
Until his arrival, the Icelanders simply deserved to win. More entrepreneurial, motivated and more efficient than the French, clearly not interested in this meeting, they had logically opened the score with a ground-level strike of Bjarnason (30th) and were on their way to a historic success against France thanks to the header. from Arnason (58th) on the corner.
The world champions have completely missed their first part of the game.
The few Blues who could benefit from their tenure to score a few points in the selection were very disappointing. The Marseillais Florian Thauvin missed, except for a shot just above the frame, his match.
The striker of FC Barcelona, Ousmane Dembélé, has lit a few flames but, as often, they have never been able to find fault and have often looked like wet footsteps.
"To him to become aware of all the requirements of high-level football," Didier Deschamps had warned the past few days.
And it was not long before they fled shortly before the break, when Captain Hugo Lloris made a fantastic triple parade on the 38th.
Few players to survive, midfielder Steven Nzonzi distinguished himself by a nice shot just before halftime, while Benjamin Pavard did his job on the right lane.
For the rest everything was missed or almost. Then there was Mbappé. Thanks to him the Blues surf on their series of matches without beating. They have not been lost since March and a friendly defeat against Colombia (3-2), a series of 14 games.
They avoid a big false note and can quickly forget this friendly match to turn to Germany, an opponent against whom it offers a completely different advantage.
As a bonus, scoring twice at the end of the game, they allowed the Breton fans to cheer.
The public of Guingamp, the stronghold of the president of the Federation Christmas Le Graët, waited for it only, just like the pre-match interrupted by the presentation of the World Cup. And he especially wanted to see … Mbappé.