Kylian Mbappe is a player who could take this World Cup by the scruff of the neck, but even he’s capable of missing an absolute sitter.
The Paris Saint-Germain star started for France in their World Cup clash against Australia and ensured the Socceroos had plenty to think about, inevitably opening his account with the third goal in a 4-1 victory.
However, he won’t want to see his missed chance at the end of the first-half again.
With France 2-1 up, Mbappe was passed the ball by Antoine Griezmann and had the seemingly simply task of tapping into an empty net.
Unfortunately, the 23-year-old got it all wrong as he blazed his effort high over the bar before showing an embarrassed smile as he put his head in his hands.
That said, Mbappe’s threat was clear for all to see and by using his blistering pace down the left flank, he was a constant source of anxiety for Australia as they tried to keep pace with him.
England legend Stuart Pearce described Mbappe’s performance as ‘electric’ and insisted his future opponents will already be wondering how to cope with him.
The Three Lions, who opened their World Cup campaign with a 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, could meet France in the quarter-finals if both nations top their respective groups.
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Pearce told talkSPORT: “There are a few teams who may face France in future games and they’ll be thinking, ‘How do we deal with Mbappe?’
“He’s been absolutely electric.”
Mbappe will be happy, but at least the miss shows he is human after all.
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