A dose of luck and a moment of individual brilliance from Kylian Mbappe gave France a crisp 1-0 away win over Sweden in the Group 3 of the Nations League A on Saturday.
After their group win last year, the Swedes moved up to the top of the league, and in the first 40 minutes of the game they frustrated the world champions until Mbappe made the difference.
The 21-year-old striker was lucky to bounce off a defender’s legs as he danced through the right side of the Swedish defence before beating goalkeeper Robin Olsen from a very close angle at the near post.
After 90 minutes, Swedish winger Emil Forsberg forced a beautiful display from Hugo Lloris and Marcus Berg fired a shot that was falsified after a corner that the Swedes could not take advantage of as France remained steadfast.
Anthony Martial, who was in France’s squad for the first time since March 2018, came on for Mbappe in the second half and was knocked down by Victor Lindelof for a late penalty.
Antoine Griezmann, however, scored the penalty with the last shot of the game over the bar.
On Tuesday, Sweden hosted Portugal, who beat Croatia 4-1 on Saturday, while France beat the Croatians in Paris.