Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

Kylian Mbappe earns France draw against USA

Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring France's equaliser against the USA Kylian Mbappe has now scored four goals in 15 appearances for France
Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2018, 19:20

Mbappe, who was a permanent threat, found the back of the net in the late stages to cancel out Julian Green's first-half opener, with Didier Deschamps's team lacking energy after a demanding physical preparation.

With perhaps one eye on their opening World Cup clash against Australia, 2-1 winners over Hungary earlier in the day, on June 16, France were pedestrian for long periods.

They enjoyed most of the possession against the United States in Lyon but lacked speed, with the exception of Mbappe.

As for France, good thing they didn't lose, because it would have caused quite the amount of tension and negativity before the tournament.

"We regained the upper hand near the end".

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It came at a crucial time as India were clawing their way back through tidy bowling from their spinners. India scored 112/9 in 20 overs, a score which was unlikely when the batting order stumbled.

The France worldwide was criticised for his performances last season and manager Jose Mourinho publicly called him out for his displays on several occasions.

Djibril Sidibe failed to cleanly clear the ball and Green surged into the area to fire past Hugo Lloris on the stroke of halftime.

The Chelsea striker was hurt when he clashed heads with defender Matt Miazga during France's 1-1 draw with US in Lyon on Saturday, leaving both players bloodied.

Les Bleus' patience finally paid off in the 78th minute when the USA let their guard down, allowing Mbappe to steal a yard on their backline and fire a low strike into the bottom corner to level the match.

But Mbappe, 12 minutes from time, got the breakthrough for the hosts after numerous chances just couldn't get by Zack Steffen, who was a star in goal.