It took them going 2-0 down but France eventually staged a late, late rally to escape the Stade du Roudourou with a 2-2 draw with Iceland on Friday evening.
However, it could’ve been worse for Les Bleus had their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris not kept Iceland at bay early on with an amazing quadruple save during a goalmouth scramble.
You’re going to have to be quick, but we assure you there are four distinct saves amid the maelstrom…
Proving once again that when he’s not in disaster mode, Lloris is right up there with the very best ‘keepers in the world. Those reflexes. That agility. Formidable.
Anyway, after slipping two goals behind by the 60-minute mark it took an 86th-minute own-goal and a 90th-minute Kylian Mbappe penalty for the World Champions to emerge with their dignity intact.
That said, the decision to award said spot-kick by Portuguese referee Thiago Martins was what you might refer to as “enormously flimsy”…
Hell of a finish, though – and under pressure too.
Mbappe is destined for the upper echelons.