Kylian Mbappe was in excellent form yesterday night as France cruised past Kazakhstan to seal their berth in the finals of the Qatar world cup. The current world champions booked their place in style as Kylian Mbappe fired in four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Kazakhstan at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. Karim Benzema scored twice and there were further goals for Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann whose penalty marked his 42nd goal for France, taking him ahead of Michel Platini. Only Thierry Henry (51) and Olivier Giroud (46) have scored more for France.
The French will be joined at the finals by neighbours Belgium as the world’s top-ranked team saw off Estonia 3-1 in Brussels to ensure top spot in Group E ahead of Gareth Bale’s Wales who beat Belarus 5-1 in Cardiff. Netherlands would have joined the crew but they were later held by Montenegro in the final 10 minutes of the game.
The PSG star put his team ahead in the first six minutes of the game and added another one six minutes later. He completed his first hat-trick for France with a thundering header just after the half-hour. Leading 3-0 at the break, France turned up the heat even more in the second half as Benzema struck twice before Rabiot and Griezmann had their moments in the spotlight. It was a beautiful show and ended well as Mbappe had the final say, striking home his fourth to complete the rout three minutes from time.
On the sixth anniversary of the 2015 attacks in Paris which claimed the lives of 130 people, France put on a spectacular show for their supporters. France top Group D, leaving Finland and Ukraine to fight over second place.