Messi will get the attention, but France’s Kylian Mbappe was arguably the best performer at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday night, scoring a hat-trick to push Argentina all the way. Mbappe inspired a France comeback to force a penalty shootout twice, scoring the first World Cup final hat-trick since Geoff Hurst’s for England in 1966. Mbappe’s contribution, according to France head coach Didier Deschamps, will be remembered even if Les Bleus fail to win a second World Cup in a row.
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Kylian has really made his mark on this final,” said Deschamps. “But unfortunately he didn’t leave it in the way he would have liked and that’s why he was so disappointed at the end of the match like all of the players. After the game, Deschamps said France “came back from the dead” against Argentina. Obviously, we have some regrets about the first half of the game, and then we go into extra time, where we could have won it in the last minute,” he explained. “Unfortunately, it did not go in, so it went to penalties.
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There were a number of reasons why we just weren’t quite as good as we could have been, and we had a very strong opponent. Perhaps we lacked a little bit of energy. Some of our key players lacked that vitality. But, nonetheless, we had some young, more inexperienced players who came on and brought some freshness and quality and they managed to get us back into the match and keep the dream alive. However, in the end, we were unable to realize that dream.
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