Croatia 1-2 France: Kylian Mbappe scores winner


Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe scored his 16th international goal for France

Kylian Mbappe scored the winner as France kept up their unbeaten Nations League record by beating Croatia in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final.

Mbappe converted his 16th international goal with 11 minutes remaining from Lucas Digne’s brilliant cross.

Antoine Griezmann had crashed in the opener via the underside of the bar after eight minutes.

Ex-Everton midfielder Nikola Vlasic poked in an equaliser in the Group A3 match, before Mbappe struck.

Croatia should have found another equaliser in injury time but ex-Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric scuffed a shot straight at Hugo Lloris from inside the box.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial somehow side-footed wide from six yards out for France, while Ivan Perisic curled a free-kick narrowly over.

In Group A3’s other game, defending champions Portugal – minus Cristiano Ronaldo – comfortably beat Sweden 3-0 to stay top. Liverpool’s new signing Diogo Jota scored twice, with Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva getting the other goal.

Line-ups

Croatia

  • 1Livakovic
  • 2UremovicBooked at 57mins
  • 6LovrenBooked at 90mins
  • 21Vida
  • 3Barisic
  • 19BadeljSubstituted forKovacicat 45′minutes
  • 10Modric
  • 15PasalicSubstituted forBrekaloat 45′minutes
  • 13VlasicBooked at 5minsSubstituted forKramaricat 80′minutes
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forBradaricat 78′minutes
  • 20PetkovicSubstituted forBudimirat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Caleta-Car
  • 7Brekalo
  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 11Colak
  • 12Grbic
  • 14Budimir
  • 16Bradaric
  • 17Rog
  • 18Orsic
  • 22Melnjak
  • 23Sluga

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 20Mendy
  • 4Varane
  • 5Lenglet
  • 17DigneBooked at 4minsSubstituted forHernándezat 83′minutes
  • 12TolissoSubstituted forCamavingaat 63′minutes
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forGiroudat 83′minutes
  • 8RabiotSubstituted forPogbaat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19MartialSubstituted forComanat 63′minutes
  • 10Mbappé

Substitutes

  • 2Pavard
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 6Pogba
  • 9Giroud
  • 11Coman
  • 13Aouar
  • 14Camavinga
  • 16Mandanda
  • 18Zouma
  • 21Hernández
  • 22Ben Yedder
  • 23Maignan

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