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France 2 Iceland 2: Mbappe inspires late comeback to spare world champions' blushes

By Opta
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Paris, Oct 12: Kylian Mbappe spared France's blushes as he inspired the world champions to come from 2-0 down to rescue a late 2-2 draw at home to Iceland on Thursday.

Didier Deschamps' men were not at the races for long periods and appeared destined for a deserved defeat, but up stepped Mbappe – a second-half substitute – to ensure they did not suffer a first loss since March.

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France showed off their World Cup trophy in Guingamp this week, but Iceland showed no signs of intimidation and took the lead after half an hour through Birkir Bjarnason.

Things got even worse after half-time when Kari Arnason beat Hugo Lloris to make it 2-0, but Mbappe forced a Holmar Eyjolfsson own goal in the 86th minute and then netted a penalty four minutes later to seal a dramatic draw.

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    Story first published: Friday, October 12, 2018, 2:40 [IST]
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