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Kylian Mbappé, here greeting the tricolor supporters after the victory of the Blues against Australia, in the World Cup, on November 22, 2022.
WORLD CUP – The France team brilliantly started its World Cup in Qatar, this Tuesday, November 22, by winning 4-1 against Australia.
If Olivier Giroud equaled the record of French goals in selection, held by Thierry Henry with 51 goals, Kylian Mbappé, author of a goal from the head in the second half, also illustrated himself through an impressive statistic.
According to statistician Opta, the striker has had the most seen performance in the World Cup since the 1970 edition hosted in Mexico. Kylian Mbappé thus touched 19 balls in the opposing area, testifying to his rich activity not far from the Australian goal.
19 – Kylian Mbappé touched 19 balls in the opposing box against Australia, a record for a player in a… https://t.co/dzxIfWzfsD— OptaJean (@OptaJean)
In addition to its purpose (watch the video below), which allows him to become at 23 the tenth top scorer in the history of the Blues, “Kyky” could have scored a goal in the first period, his recovery passing just above the crossbar. After the break, he was also on the brink of finding himself face-to-face with the opposing goalkeeper, before an Australian defender came to deflect his goal ball for a corner.
Kylian Mbappé also delivered an assist – certainly from outside the penalty area – to Olivier Giroud, who headed the goal allowing him to equal Thierry Henry’s record (watch the video below).
The PSG striker was logically elected man of the match.
🇬🇧 Kylian Mbappé was voted Man of the Match after his performance against Australia 🇦🇺. 👑 ⚽️ 1 goal 🎯 1 assist https://t.co/SCbzHMIU2R— News Blues (@actubleus_)
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