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‘It’s the match of a lifetime’,Mbappe says before France’s World Cup final comeback goes viral

ByJosh Taylor

Dec 22, 2022

Not only has Kylian Mbappe wowed football fans with his A game, but a video circulating on social media demonstrates his leadership ability.
Kylian Mbappe’s impassioned statement before France’s World Cup comeback (Screengrab)
France blew a wonderful opportunity to become the first team since 1962 to successfully defend its World Cup title. The French were defeated 2-4 in a penalty shootout by Argentina, when both teams finished 3-3 after 90 minutes of normal play plus 30 minutes of extra time in the final.
Kylian Mbappe, who earned the Golden Boot for scoring eight goals during the World Cup, scored a hat trick in the final as France crashed Argentina’s celebration, bringing the game back to equal terms after falling down twice.
Argentina was almost there, with a two-goal lead and 10 minutes remained on the clock. Mbappe, on the other hand, scored two goals in a minute, pushing the game into extra time.
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Lionel Messi gave Argentina a one-goal lead in the second half of extra time, but with only two minutes remaining, Mbappe joined the party once again, scoring his third goal of the game. On Sunday evening, Mbappe was undoubtedly France’s most significant player at the Lusail Stadium. Not only did he leave football fans in amazement with his A game, but a video that has gone viral on social media says volumes about his leadership ability.
Mbappe, who is not often linked with leadership characteristics, was in command during the halftime break as France trailed 0-2 after 45 minutes. While the rest of the squad sat, Mbappe mounted the stage and made a stirring speech in the hopes that it would inspire his teammates. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that happens every four years. We can’t get much worse than this. We can return!” In the viral video, Mbappe can be heard yelling.
Meanwhile, Mbappe became only the second player in World Cup history to score a hat-trick in the finals. He followed in the footsteps of England’s Geoff Hurst, who accomplished the feat against West Germany in 1966. “Many congrats to Mbappe, whatever happens,” Hurst wrote in response to Mbappe’s extraordinary performance. “I’ve had a fantastic run.”
Argentina, on the other side, won their third World Cup, a feat that had eluded football’s best star, Lionel Messi, for a long time. They previously won the prestigious championship in 1978 and 1986.

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