Mbappe sparks France

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FRANCE’S Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly soccer match between France and Iceland in Guingamp, western France. AFP

GUINGAP, France — Kylian Mbappe inspired a fightback from world champion France as if rallied from two goals down at home to earn a 2-2 draw with Iceland on Thursday.

Birkir Bjarnason swept Iceland ahead from the edge of the area on 30 minutes, and Kari Arnason’s excellent second-half header doubled their lead.

But Mbappe, brought on as a substitute for the final half-hour, gave France a lifeline when his shot was saved and then inadvertently turned in by Iceland defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward levelled from the penalty spot in the 90th minute after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson handled at a corner.

“The team saw we needed to do something else. I bring what I can do,” Mbappe told TF1.

“We saw the fans were completely behind us even if it wasn’t a big stadium. We wanted to do everything for the people who were there.”

“We got the draw, we didn’t lose, but we’re still a bit annoyed.”

France coach Didier Deschamps fielded six of the players that began the World Cup final against Croatia, handing in-form Marseille winger Florian Thauvin his first start as Mbappe was left on the bench.

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