Paris (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe got here off the bench to attain a late equaliser as France settled for a 1-1 draw with Austria of their Nations League encounter in Vienna on Friday.
Mbappe appeared as a second-half alternative for Antoine Griezmann on the Ernst-Happel Stadium and burst by means of in attribute vogue to smash within the 83rd-minute leveller, cancelling out Andreas Weimann’s opener.
The end result leaves France, who received final yr’s version of the Nations League, nonetheless and not using a win three video games into the brand new marketing campaign.
They’re backside of League A, Group 1 with two factors after shedding 2-1 at dwelling to Denmark final weekend after which drawing 1-1 in Croatia on Monday.
The Danes stay high of the group regardless of shedding 1-0 at dwelling to Croatia in Copenhagen on Friday, with Mario Pasalic scoring the one purpose of the sport halfway by means of the second half.
France will play their last match of the June worldwide break at dwelling to Croatia on Monday earlier than the group marketing campaign concludes in September.
“There’s by no means any want to fret. We should always at all times be proud and simply attempt to enhance,” Mbappe instructed broadcaster TF1 earlier than admitting that he had nonetheless not totally recovered from the damage that pressured him off towards Denmark.
“No but when the coach wants me I will probably be there. There is only one recreation left earlier than the vacations so I can pressure it a bit bit.”
The match in Vienna went forward regardless of concern about an enormous gap that opened up on the identical pitch throughout Austria’s 2-1 loss to Denmark on Monday.
Taking part in their third recreation beneath new coach Ralf Rangnick, Austria took the lead eight minutes earlier than half-time when Konrad Laimer’s low ball in from the appropriate was transformed by the Bristol Metropolis ahead Weimann.
France coach Didier Deschamps despatched on Mbappe for Griezmann within the 63rd minute and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku got here on for Kingsley Coman 11 minutes from time as they stepped up their seek for the leveller.
Mbappe had not performed towards Croatia after coming off with a knee knock at half-time towards Denmark, and he was contemporary sufficient to make the distinction for the guests.
A fast trade of passes with Nkunku led to the Paris Saint-Germain star breaking by means of to fireplace previous goalkeeper Patrick Pentz and rating his tenth purpose for his nation this season.
Mbappe may then have received the sport three minutes from the tip, however this time his shot from shut vary was turned onto the crossbar by the goalkeeper.