Watch: Kylian Mbappe’s backpass vs Belgium that everyone is talking about

first_imgKylian Mbappe has been one of the breakout stars of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Of course leading Monaco to the Champions League 2016-17 semi-final and then his big money transfer to Paris Saint-Germain already screamed he was a star but at the biggest stage in world football, he only created a legacy.On Tuesday as France had eyes upon their third World Cup final, the 19-year-old Mbappe showed absolutely no nerves. His control on the ball, his speed and his skills left everyone awestruck.Throughout the course of the World Cup, Mbappe has been getting better and better on the ball but one particular moment against Belgium at the Saint Petersburg yesterday was sheer genius.In the 56th minute of the match with France already leading 1-0 after Samuel Umtiti goal, Mbappe executed a brilliant backpass towards Olivier Giroud that should have been converted into a goal. Unfortunately it did not!2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMbappe stood just inside the Belgian box in the centre while Lucas Hernandez, just outside the box on the left, placed a short pass towards Blaise Matuidi who was just inside the box on the left. Matuidi back-passed towards the waiting Mbappe. The PSG forward controlled the ball with his right foot, turned around his marker, and back-passed from his left foot towards an incoming Giroud.Giroud’s off the ball movement was absolutely spot on but he failed to turn around Belgium’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Nacer Chadli and the goal never happened.Mbappe so good. (@SunhiLegend) July 10, 2018However, the sheer genius off that pass from Mbappe did not get unnoticed and Twitter could not stop raving about that not-so-little talent.Insane talent ??????Yael Fraser (@YaelFraser) July 10, [email protected] that was ?? Gonzalez (@Maurice_Gonz) July 10, 2018I could watch this all dayArley (@arleylondonojr) July 10, [email protected] = the future of footballKeketso Molaoa (@kkmolaoa) July 11, 2018He didnt show what he can really do but thrilling to watch the World Cup star in the making Kylian Mbappe last night in Saint Petersburg.Other footballers run, he glides. #FRAJohn Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) July 11, 2018Eventually France did beat Belgium but with the slightest of margins — 1-0 — to advance to the final.This was not the first time in this World Cup that the world was just left in awe of this rising talent. His best match so far has been against Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who he absolutely shredded to pieces.The old defensive line-up of Argentinean defence was simply unable to cope with the speed, physique and pressing of Mbappe and he won France a penalty, a dangerous free kick and scored two goals, leaving Argentina in complete tatters.Against Argentina when Mbappe scored a brace, became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele scored a brace against Sweden in 1958.Not only that, since 1998, he also became the first teenager to score more than once in a World Cup tournament.Also read – World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai playersFrance have a fearsome attack in this World Cup and Mbappe has been a vital cog in creating that fear. While most only point out towards his explosive speed up front, his skill and vision with the ball at his feet has also been remarkable.With France reaching the final, they will now face either of Croatia and England at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday and will look to bring home the country’s second World Cup Winners’ Trophy.last_img read more

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