Can Kylian Mbappe inspire France one again to get past Luis Suarez and co in the first World Cup 2018 quarter-final?
In scoring twice against Argentina , Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager with multiple goals in a World Cup knockout game since a 17-year-old Pele did it twice (including a hat trick against France) in 1958.
It’s a big stage with inevitable comparisons that Mbappe smiled about and then batted away.
“It’s flattering to be the second one since Pele,” said Mbappe, born in France to a father from Cameroon and a mother from Algeria. “But let’s put things in perspective. Pele’s another category.”
“In a World Cup you have the top-level players,” said Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain. “So it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There is no better place than a World Cup.”
The match will also showcase several cross-border friendships.
While Uruguay striker Suarez will be up against Barcelona teammate Samuel Umtiti.
“I’ve always joked … that I wanted to face Umtiti at a World Cup,” Suarez said. “And it came true.”
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