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|Kylian Mbappe's genius sees France edge out Belgium in World Cup semi-final
| pic5678 Kylian Mbappe stole the show with his genius as France beat Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup semi-final in Saint Petersburg, writes Adam Bate.It was the 56th minute that really had you wondering what you were watching. Firstly, there was the extraordinary pace to break on Belgium and the intelligence to pick the right pass in setting up Blaise Matuidi. Secondly, there was the outrageous skill, the sheer impudence, to turn and flick the ball to Olivier Giroud in one motion. Cue collective gasps the world over.
Any player can have a video of their best bits cut favourably to showcase their talents. This needed no editing. It required only one minute and two phases of play to highlight that Mbappe has just about everything. The speed of body and mind. The technique and the temperament to make the right decisions - brilliant decisions - on the biggest of stages.
The clues were there from the outset. pic5678 It took barely seconds for Jan Vertonghen to be left fearful for what lay ahead. A drop of the shoulder and Mbappe was away, shrugging off Mousa Dembele too as he fashioned the first chance of the game after just 14 seconds. The match itself was a tight one but the runaway star of it was the only teenager on the pitch.
There was a cushioned volley to set up Giroud towards the end of the first half, and a pass nudged between the lines to Benjamin Pavard. Giroud stumbled under pressure. Pavard's shot was well saved by Thibaut Courtois. There were no complaints from the man who had set them up, only a growing awkwardness that they could not meet him halfway. pic5678