Kylian Mbappe misses the open goal but redeems World Cup victory over Australia and Stuart Pearce insists future opponents will already fear the French superstar ahead of a potential showdown in England

Kylian Mbappe is one player who could grab this World Cup by the neck, but even he is capable of missing an absolute sitter.

The Paris Saint-Germain star started for France in their World Cup clash against Australia and ensured the Socceroos had plenty to think about, inevitably opening his account with the third goal in a 4-1 win.

Mbappe looked embarrassed after missing out on an absolute sitter for France

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Mbappe looked embarrassed after missing out on an absolute sitter for France

After some good work from Griezmann, the ball was squared to Mbappe, who overcame his attempt despite an open goal

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After some good work from Griezmann, the ball was squared to Mbappe, who overcame his attempt despite an open goal

It's nice to know that a talent like Mbappe is still human

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It’s nice to know that a talent like Mbappe is still human

But he doesn’t want to see his missed chance at the end of the first half again.

With France 2-1 up, Mbappe was passed the ball by Antoine Griezmann and had what seemed a simple task tapping into an empty goal.

Unfortunately, the 23-year-old got it all wrong as he shot his effort high over the bar before flashing a sheepish smile as he put his head in his hands.

However, Mbappe’s threat was plain to see and his blistering pace down the left flank was a constant source of fear for Australia as they tried to keep up with him.

English legend Stuart Pearce described Mbappe’s performance as “electrifying” and insisted his future opponents will already be wondering how to deal with him.

The Three Lions, who opened their World Cup season with a 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, could face France in the quarter-finals if both nations top their respective groups.

The striker eventually scored in the game as France's quality shone through

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The striker eventually scored in the game as France’s quality shone through


Pearce told talkSPORT: “There are a couple of teams that could play France in future games and they will think, ‘How are we going to deal with Mbappe?’

“He was absolutely electric.”

Mbappe will be happy, but at least the miss shows that he is human after all.

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