At the age of 19 years and six months, Kylian Mbappé is now the youngest player ever to score a goal for France at a major tournament, including the FIFA World Cup and European Championship.
Mbappe scored the sole goal for France in their group stage matchup against Peru on Thursday, after having not being on the scoresheet in France’s match against Australia.
It seemed Olivier Giroud effort, a deflected one, was heading into the goal after Paul Pogba had provided him with a vital cross, the Paris Saint-Germain star, Mbappe, made sure that the ball does go in with a close-range finish. This insured France strong position in the World Cup, as they topped the Group C and have been unbeaten on their way to the Round of 16.
Didier Claude Deschamps, the current manager of the France national team, hailed his performance and stated in a press conference, “He’s got great qualities and he was able to show his pace today. I don’t think he sacrificed himself by defending. He just did what the team needed him to do. I’m very happy with his performance today.”
He continued, “The attackers made an effort to make the team compact, working to recover the ball. With the quality showed by the Peruvian team, it was important to have a tight defence.”
Deschamps also praised the overall performance of his whole team in what was a tough match. He said, “We did what was necessary to win. Our game was fluid in the first half but things were a lot tougher in the second. I wasn’t nervous but not totally satisfied.
“We were not able to always keep the ball and we had to defend for long periods, though we did it well. We have to improve on this. We will try to win. We would never think of finishing second. Everything will be decided after the third match.”
The Les Bleus player, Kylian Mbappé, broke the record for being the country’s youngest goalscorer and took over some major football legends. Previous records were held by Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet when they played for France in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Henry and Trezeguet had scored goals at the age of 20 and helped their team win its first ever World Cup trophy on home soil. Surprisingly enough, Mbappe was not even born when that had happened, making him the first player from France who was born after 1998 to score at the biggest football tournament of the World.