Kylian Mbappé becomes the fifth player to score in separate World Cup finals

Kylian Mbappé (23) became only the fifth player in history to score in two separate World Cup finals. The France striker added to his one goal against Croatia in the 2018 final in Russia with a hat-trick against Argentina in Qatar.

However, Mbappé’s three goals, and a converted spot-kick during the penalty shootout, weren’t enough to earn Les Bleus back-to-back World Cup titles. Instead, it was Argentina who added the third star to their crest. Prior to his hat trick, Mbappé had been largely quiet. Like many of his teammates, he struggled to gain a foothold in the game and saw very little of the ball. 

However, he then burst into life in the dying stages. He first converted from the spot, and just 97 seconds later, he drew France level with an acrobatic volleyed effort to take the game to extra time. The Paris Saint-Germain forward then converted a second penalty to send the game to a penalty shoo-out, which Argentina ultimately won. 

It was a historic night for the French forward, who scored the quickest World Cup brace in history, became the youngest player to score 10 World Cup goals, and also became the first player to score a hat trick in the final of the competition since 1966. 

In addition, he is now one of five players to have scored in two separate World Cup finals. Only Vavá (1958, 1962), Pelé (1958, 1970), Paul Breitner (1974, 1982) and Zinédine Zidane (1998, 2006) have previously achieved the feat. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle 

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