U.S. men earn tie with France

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SPORTS 2 -

LYON, France — Kylian Mbappe struck a late equal­izer as France drew with the United States

1-1 in its fi­nal World Cup warmup on Satur­day.

The 19-year-old for­ward re­acted swiftly from near the penalty spot in the 78th minute, turn­ing in a cross from right back Ben­jamin Pavard af­ter he was re­leased down the right flank by for­ward Na­bil Fekir.

France missed sev­eral first-half chances and was pun­ished in the 44th when the U.S. scored with its first mean­ing­ful at­tack through for­ward Ju­lian Green.

The goal came about thanks largely to a de­fen­sive blun­der from right back Djib­ril Sidibe. He made a hash of a clear­ance and knocked the ball into the path of Green, who beat goal­keeper Hugo Lloris with a shot in­side the near post.

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