France did not win against Iceland in their last friendly match on Thursday in Brittany. It is Mbappé who saved les Bleus, with a penalty.
Unrecognizable, the champions of the French world waited for the entry into supersonic game of Kylian Mbappéand the last seconds to save the draw against Iceland (2-2) , Thursday in Guingamp , in front of a conquered Breton audience.
Les Bleus have almost lost for the first time in their history against the Icelanders … But Mbappé was there to provoke the goal against his camp Icelandic (86th) and then score under extreme pressure with the penalty equalizer (90th) .
The Parisian prodigy continues to make the difference, like his quadruple against Lyon (5-0) last weekend in the league.
In the context of the League of Nations match against Germany on Tuesday, otherwise more important sportingly than this friend at Guingamp, Didier Deschamps had chosen to preserve its nugget at kickoff, because of a small muscle gene.
“I did not want to take any chances and neither did he. I was waiting today to see how he felt about warming up. It was a lot better”, DD explained after the match.
The coach finally decided to make him come on the hour of play. Well took him, to see 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.
He becomes “the first player in the history of the French team to reach the bar of 10 goals in Blue before his 20 years,” said the statistician Opta.
Until his entry, the Icelanders simply deserved to win. More enterprising, motivated and efficient than the French, obviously not interested in this meeting, they had logically opened the scoring with a ground-level strike from Bjarnason (30th) and were heading towards a historic success against France thanks to the header. from Arnason (58th) on corner.
The world champions have, for their part, completely missed their first game part.
The few Blues who could have benefited from their tenure to score some points in the selection were very disappointing. The Marseillais Florian Thauvin, except a shot just above the frame, missed his match.
FC Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembélé has lit a few flames but, as often, they have never been able to find the fault and have mostly resembled wet squibs.
“To him to become aware of all the requirements of high-level football,” had warned Didier Deschamps in recent days.
And it was not long before they fled shortly before the break, when captain Hugo Lloris made a superb triple parade in the 38th.
Few players to survive, midfielder Steven Nzonzi was distinguished by a nice shot just before halftime while Benjamin Pavard was doing his job in 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 defeat. They have not 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 will deliver a whole other benefit.
As a bonus, scoring twice at the end of the match, they allowed the Breton fans to exult.
The public of Guingamp, stronghold of the president of the Federation Christmas Le Graët, waited only for that, like the pre-match punctuated by the presentation of the World Cup. And above all, he wanted to see … Mbappé.