After breaking his nose, Mbappe jokes: “Suggestions for masks?”

It is the new “nose of the nation”. France’s superstar Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose on Monday evening in the opening match of the European Championship against Austria (1:0).

The French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed this on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old must initially not operated Initial examinations at a hospital in Düsseldorf said that Mbappe had Injury in an aerial duel with ÖFB defender Kevin Danso contracted.

“Suggestions for masks?” Mbappe asked his followers on “X” (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday morning. According to the association, the future Real Madrid striker will be treated in the European Championship quarters in Paderborn in the coming days, and an operation is not immediately necessary. “A mask will be made so that the number 10 of the French team can consider re-entering the competition after a period of treatment,” said the FFF statement.

Next game on Friday

The French will face in their second group match on Friday (21:00) in Leipzig on the Netherlandsbefore Poland awaits in Dortmund four days later at the end of Austria Group D. Team manager Didier Deschamps did not want to speculate about the length of his absence immediately after the duel with the ÖFB team, but stressed: “A French national team – no matter which team – with him is always stronger. But if things turn out differently, we will continue to fight without him.”

Deschamps seemed shaken by the injury of his star player. “That is of course the negative point of this evening,” said the long-time coach. “We didn’t lose any feathers, but we did lose a nose.” The 1-0 win against the Austrians almost became a side note. The day before, the meeting had already been pushed into the background in the French media by Mbappe’s passionate appeal against a political shift to the right and for a high level of participation in the early elections on June 30 and July 7.

“Positive impression”

It was Deschamps’ 100th victory as team manager. “It’s good to have won against an opponent who showed great athleticism and who can put you under pressure,” said the 55-year-old, who has been in charge of “Les Bleus” since 2012. With the lead behind them, finish some situations better “But overall it was a positive impression. It was a tough fight, but we were good in the fight.”

All previous European Championship games have one thing in common, said Deschamps: high intensity. A total of seven yellow cards were handed out in Düsseldorf. “There could have been more. When things get tough, you have to respond,” said former midfielder Deschamps. The two teams gave each other no quarter. “The players are representing their countries. You have to be at your best physically.”

It is evidently N’Golo Kante. The 33-year-old, who now earns his money in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad, shone as the defensive midfielder replacing the injured Aurelien Tchouameni and was voted player of the match. “That’s why we brought him in,” said Deschamps about the 2018 world champion, who only made a comeback to the national team at the beginning of the month after a two-year break. “He was radiant.” Kante’s teammate Adrien Rabiot also played a great game.

By Editor

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