‘I’ve had a great run!’: Geoff Hurst congratulates Kylian Mbappe as the France superstar joins the England legend in scoring a World Cup final hat-trick
- Kylian Mbappe became the first player to score a World Cup hat-trick since 1966
- England’s Geoff Hurst scored three against West Germany to win the World Cup
- The Frenchman’s hat-trick forced a penalty shootout but France lost to Argentina
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Geoff Hurst congratulated Kylian Mbappe as the French superstar became the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final since the England legend in 1966.
Mbappe scored two crucial goals for France in normal time to claw the reigning champions back from two goals behind against Argentina, before dispatching a huge spot-kick in extra-time to force penalties.
Although Argentina ultimately won the World Cup on penalties, Mbappe wrote himself into the history books as the first player to score a hat-trick in the final since 1966.
Geoff Hurst congratulated Kylian Mbappe after the French forward’s World Cup final hat-trick
Mbappe became the first player to score three goals in a World Cup final since Hurst in 1966
He also became the highest goal-scorer in the history of World Cup finals, having scored once in France’s triumphant 4-2 victory against Croatia in 2018.
Hurst tweeted to congratulate the Frenchman and said: ‘Many congratulations to Mbappe, whatever happens. I’ve had a great run!’
Hurst’s hat-trick sealed England’s first and only World Cup triumph in 1966, as the Three Lions beat West Germany 4-2 in London.
Hurst, now 81, scoring England’s third goal versus West Germany in the World Cup final in 1966
The 23-year-old winger scored twice in 95 seconds to equalise for France and force extra-time
Mbappe coolly dispatched his first penalty in the 80th minute before thundering a volley past Emiliano Martinez 95 seconds later, forcing extra-time.
After Lionel Messi edged his side ahead in the 108th minute, netting his second goal of the match, Mbappe rifled home a second penalty in the 118th minute, taking the final to penalties with his hat-trick goal.
Before extra-time, Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on the forward and said: ‘He hadn’t had a touch all game. Then two moments. He had the composure to dispatch the penalty.
Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on the forward after his sensational two goals to force extra-time
‘Then the volley, the technique. He wants to be the man to decide games. I hope one of the superstars decide this. It is made for one of those two.’
Mbappe stepped up first and scored his spot-kick in the shootout before two crucial misses from Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni handed Argentina their first World Cup triumph since 1986.
Despite failing to win France back-to-back World Cup titles, Mbappe claimed the Golden Boot with his blistering hat-trick.
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