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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The sky is the limit for Kylian Mbappe as he seeks a place in history

Key takeaways:

  • With an 8-0 demolition of Kazakhstan on Saturday, France qualified for next year’s World Cup.
  • The Paris Saint-Germain striker became the primary player to secure four goals for France in a single game.

France qualified for next year’s World Cup with an 8-0 the thrashing of Kazakhstan on Saturday, as Kylian Mbappe maintained his meteoric rise with yet another jaw-dropping performance.

Since Just Fontaine’s four goals against Sweden in the 1958 World Cup, the Paris Saint-Germain striker became the primary player to secure four goals for France in a single game.

Mbappe has 23 international goals from 52 caps just five weeks before his 23rd birthday, surpassing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s totals at the same age.

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Coach Didier Deschamps stated, “It was a tremendous night for him in terms of efficiency, but he’s had so many before.”

“His stats are already outstanding. He’s gradually improving his header skills as well. He’s driving the metres insane.”

Mbappe’s performance was enhanced because he also set up Karim Benzema for the game’s fourth goal, giving him a perfect 10 from French sports daily L’Equipe.

Sky's the limit as Kylian Mbappe eyes place in history

Mbappe told French television channel TF1 on Sunday, “I want to write history.”

“Perhaps a kid who has been watching me on TV will one day beat my records. I’ve always wanted to leave an impression, and I want to do so in the future.”

Deschamps appreciated the forward’s approach to the game, saying, “He can do anything.”

“I’d want to applaud his thinking as well. He had the opportunity to score the fifth goal, but he instead allowed Antoine (Griezmann) to take (and score) the penalty.”

Mbappe’s partnership with Benzema caught the eye on a flawless night for the world champions, who haven’t lost a match in their last 26 except on penalties. Griezmann proved to be the perfect compliment for the dynamic combination.

“It’s been getting better and better since Benzema’s return (before Euro 2020). We were particularly impressed by Mbappe’s and Benzema’s understanding, “Maxime Bossis, a former France international, told L’Equipe.

“Griezmann may have appeared less decisive in the game, but he still managed to score. When he plays a little further back, he creates a better balance with the two players in front of him, allowing for more exciting cross runs.”

France was still eliminated in the final 16 of Euro 2020 by Switzerland despite the presence of Benzema. Still, it appears that Deschamps made the error of recalling the Real Madrid forward too late.

Les Bleus have one more qualifying match in Group D, which takes place on Tuesday in Finland.

Source: Ht

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