Mbappe cameo helps France avoid shock Ice­land de­feat

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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.

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