Kylian Mbappe Scores as France Beat Iceland 4-0 in Euro 2020 Qualifying

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2019

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 25: Samuel Umtiti of France celebrates his goal with Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and teammates during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group H qualifying match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on March 25, 2019 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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France continued their perfect start to 2020 UEFA European Championship qualifying as they beat Iceland 4-0 on Monday.

Samuel Umtiti opened the scoring after only 12 minutes, and the hosts remained in tight control for the rest of the game.

Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe found the back of the net in the second half. It was left to Antoine Griezmann to grab a fourth in the closing stages in Paris.

                 

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - MARCH 25: Mamadou Sakho of France and Kylian Mbappe of France celebrate after their team's first goal during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group H qualifying match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on March 25, 201
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It was a simple day at the office as the hosts collected the points on offer in the capital.

Umtiti's header quickly allowed France to gain a foothold, and despite resistance from the visitors, the result was never in doubt.

N'Golo Kante was back in his familiar role as a defensive midfielder, and the Chelsea player was influential as he allowed France to dominate.

French football pundit Sebastien Chapuis commented on Kante's positioning this term:

Paul Pogba joined the attack when the marauding forward and France turned the screw after the hour mark.

Giroud found the back of the net after 68 minutes during a strong performance by the Chelsea striker. Mbappe put the result to bed 10 minutes later with France's third.

Griezmann featured in a deeper role for most of the contest but found himself in the box with six minutes remaining to add a fourth and rub salt in the wound.

Les Bleus appeared worthy of their status as world champions, and they will be difficult to stop during Euro 2020.

                                                                         

What's Next

Both countries are back in Euro 2020 action on Saturday, June 8. France will travel to Turkey, and Iceland are set to host Albania in Group H.

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