Randal Kolo Muani on World Cup final chance: “I still watch it, I know it off by heart.”

In an interview with beIN Sports, Eintracht Frankfurt forward Randal Kolo Muani notably looks back on last year’s World Cup final, and in particular his last-minute chance that was kept out by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.

France had drawn level in normal time from 2-0 down after a quick-fire double from Kylian Mbappé, who added a third in extra-time after Lionel Messi had put the Albiceleste in front. With the teams level at 3-3, the match-winning chance fell to Kolo Muani – a last-minute inclusion in Didier Deschamps’ squad who scored his first goal for Les Bleus in the semi-final against Morocco.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper, though, denied the former Nantes man a place in World Cup history, before denying France again in the penalty shoot-out and leading Argentina to their third title.

Kolo Muani admits that the chance is still weighing on his mind – “I still watch it, I know it off by heart.”

The striker says he has analysed the chance and realised that a near-post finish was not the only option available to him – “In my head, I said to myself – Randal, you have to shoot now. I tried to shoot towards the near post but the goalkeeper made a very good save. But there were other options. I could have lobbed him, or find Kylian Mbappe [who was free on the left]. But in the moment, I didn’t see him. It’s only when you watch back that you discover the other options. It’s too late. It still sticks in my throat and it’ll be there for life..”

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin 

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