Mbappe cameo helps France avoid shock Iceland defeat
KYLIAN MBAPPE inspired a fightback from world champions France as they rallied from two goals down at home to earn a 2-2 draw with Iceland on Friday (Thailand time).
Birkir Bjarnason swept Iceland ahead from the edge of the area on 30 minutes, and Kari Arnason’s excellent second-half header doubled their lead in Guingamp.
But Mbappe, brought on as a substitute for the final half-hour, gave France a lifeline when his shot was saved and then inadvertently turned in by Iceland defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson.
The Paris Saint- Germain forward levelled from the penalty spot in the 90th minute after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson handled at a corner.
France coach Didier Deschamps fielded six of the players that began the World Cup final against Croatia.
France return to competitive action on Tuesday when they host Germany in the Nations League.
Argentina shrugged off the absence of Lionel Messi as a secondstring team eased past Iraq 4-0 in an international friendly in Riyadh.
Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a near-post header from a left wing cross by Marcos Acuna.
Watford’s Roberto Pereyra grabbed the second in the 53rd minute, Fiorentina defender German Pezzella headed the thiRd and Franco Cervi broke through for the fourth goal in stoppage time.
Paco Alcacer made his case for a regular place in the Spain team as the on-loan Borussia Dortmund forward struck twice in his country’s 41 rout of Wales in Cardiff.
With Diego Costa injured and Rodrigo on the bench, Alcacer seized his chance to impress Spain boss Luis Enrique in his first international appearance since March 2016.
The 25-year-old maintained his blistering club form to leave the Wales defence in tatters in a onesided friendly at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Gareth Bale, who missed the game, is also expected to miss Wales’ Nations League clash against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.
Bale aggravated a groin injury while playing for Real Madrid against Alaves last weekend.
Portugal, playing without Cristiano Ronaldo, defeated Poland 3-2 in the Nations League, shattering Robert Lewandowski’s celebrations in his 100th international.
European champions Portugal scored three times in 20 minutes in the Polish city of Chorzow through Andre Silva (32 minutes), a Kamil Glik own-goal (43) and a strike from Bernardo Silva (52).
Prolific Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek had given Poland a 19thminute lead with Jakub Blaszczykowski cutting the deficit for the home side in the 77th minute.
In Podgorica, Serbia downed Montenegro 2-0 in the first meeting between the two former members of the old Yugoslavia.
Israel recovered from a goal down in Haifa to defeat Scotland 2-1.
Kylian Mbappe’s late penalty saves world champions France.