Mbappe’s goal vs Peru has a unique relation with France’s 1998 World Cup win

first_imgKylian Mbappe continued to impress everyone and set records. After conquering the League 1 and grabbing eyeballs in the Champions League, the French forward has made his mark in Russia.The 19-year-old has now become the youngest ever Frenchman to score in a World Cup. His opportunistic goal against Peru also made him the 12th ever teenager overall to score in a World Cup. His sole goal helped France beat the Peruvians 1-0 and progress into the round of 16 and also knock the South American team out of the tournament in the process. He overtook David Trezeguet (20) to achieve the feat.The Paris Saint-Germain forward was also the first player to score for France in a World Cup, who was born after 1998 — the only time the French lifted the trophy.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHe is now the fifth teenager overall to score a World Cup goal in the 21st century. Russia’s Dmitri Sychev (2002), Lionel Messi (2006), Julian Green (2014) and Divock Origi (2014) are the other four.Mbappe’s historic goal came in the 34th minute of the match came when Olivier Giroud’s shot took a deflection off a defender and looped over goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, the teenager was on hand to tap in a simple chance.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEFollowing that, Les Bleus failed to convert several other first-half chances and rarely threatened their opponents’ goal after the break, as they struggled for the second game running to justify their status as one of the pre-tournament favourites.The result leaves France on six points and Denmark and Australia on four and one respectively after their 1-1 draw earlier in the day.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Argentina stare at elimination; France, Croatia in last 16Peru have yet to win a point but they have won numerous hearts in Russia, thanks to their industrious style of play and the passion of their supporters, a remarkable 15,000 of whom made the journey to roar on their team in Yekaterinburg.They could have had even more to cheer, were it not for several near misses.Spotting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris off his line, Yoshimar Yotun tried an audacious shot from just inside the French half that went just over the bar as Peru unsettled their opponents in the early stages.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: France reach round of 16, Peru crash outLater in the first half, striker Paolo Guerrero outsmarted Samuel Umtiti in the penalty area but fired his shot at Lloris’s legs.After the break, Pedro Aquino hit the post and Andre Carrillo and Luis Advincula struck powerful shots over the bar, but all the Peruvian efforts were from long range.Also read – World Cup 2018: France coach demands improvement despite knockout progressHaving survived a nervous opening 10 minutes, France looked as though they might dominate the match, with Antoine Griezmann darting at Peru’s defence, Mbappe showing off his tricks and flicks, and full backs Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez pressing forward on the wings.But they were subdued in the second half, suffering frustration in the closing minutes when Blaise Matuidi shot just wide and Giroud had an effort blocked that ballooned over the top of the goal.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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