Mbappé, the lightning that struck down Hakimi

Mbappé, the lightning that struck down Hakimi

With his accelerations, Kylian Mbappé passed several times on his left side but it was in the middle, in the end, that he made the most difference, Wednesday against Morocco (2-0), being involved on both Blues goals. With his high standards, it may not be enough for the striker – five goals in this World Cup like Lionel Messi – to be satisfied, he who did not score in this semi-final and who sometimes seemed s annoy.

If the Parisian saved the best for Argentina on Sunday, we won’t blame him. Didier Deschamps, with whom he had a lively discussion from the 28th minute near the bench, must not have been very happy sometimes either with the boulevards left by his player on the left side of the tricolor. It is for this reason, moreover, that the coach decided to bring Marcus Thuram on this side to reposition Mbappé in the axis in place of Olivier Giroud (65th). Fundamental coaching to regain control of the game. Speaking of control, that of the world champion on the second tricolor goal changed the action and the meeting, proof that there was still some good on his part against the Moroccans.

1. Law-oriented control

Rewinding, everything is beautiful in this ball comeback until Randal Kolo Muani’s goal, 44 seconds after his entry (79th): Aurélien Tchouaméni’s initial pass, Youssouf Fofana’s ride and therefore Mbappé’s last gestures. When he receives the ball outside the area a little to the left with his back to goal, the attacker has the choice of cutting in the middle to open up a right angle, as he knows how to do. . As Achraf Hakimi arrives behind him, he opts for a second solution, the outside, and his right-oriented control, followed by acceleration eliminates his great pal from PSG. Then he throws Thuram in the race who hands him the ball in the box.

2. Slalom in a small perimeter

For Mbappé, surrounded by Moroccans, the individual solution is essential. It will turn into a collective work. In a very small perimeter, he first eliminated one of the sensations of this tournament, Sofyan Amrabat, then Achraf Dari, with a double contact, before seeing his shot deflected by Abde Ezzalzouli and turning into an assist for Kolo Muani. Already at the start of the match, on the goal of Theo Hernandez, a counter recovery from the Parisian had been at the origin of the opener.

Mbappé’s slalom (F. Faugere / L’Equipe)

Mbappé’s bad luck in the last gesture made two happy Wednesday evening, and in particular the Frankfurt player who had never scored in blue and who knew how to choose his moment, in the semi-finals of the World Cup. “ I’m proud that I was able to free the teamwas moved Kolo Muani. I was following Kylian and Marcus on the left side, they had a lot of success and I felt the moment was right. The Parisian striker is sometimes hard to follow but it’s worth a try. Because, with him, something often happens.

The deflected hit that delivers the ball from second base.  (F. Faugere/The Team)

The deflected hit that delivers the ball from second base. (F. Faugere/The Team)