Austria 1-1 France: Kylian Mbappe scores late equaliser as world champions remain winless
Kylian Mbappe rescued France a point in Austria as the world champions remain winless in the Nations League.
Mbappe, on as a second-half substitute, finished smartly after a lightning break from the visitors led to the equaliser on 83 minutes.
Bristol City striker Andreas Weimann had earlier scored his first international goal, aged 30, to threaten an upset.
France have just two points from three Group A1 games.
It could have been worse, after Weimann, who scored 22 Championship goals this season, turned home a low cross before the break.
Karim Benzema went close for France either side of the break but it took Mbappe’s introduction to finally break the resistance of Ralf Rangnick’s Austria.
The Paris St-Germain striker combined with RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku to convert the equaliser just when it looked as though their pressure would not pay off.
Mbappe was denied a winner by Austrian goalkeeper Patrick Pentz, who also brilliantly kept out Matteo Guendouzi’s late header.
France still have a mountain to climb to reach next year’s Nations League finals having previously thrown away two leads in five days, in a loss to Denmark and draw with Croatia.
Elsewhere in the group, Croatia got their first win of the campaign, winning 1-0 at group leaders Denmark.
Mario Pasalic poked home to break the deadlock and move Croatia level on points with second-placed Austria, two points behind Denmark.
- 21LainerBooked at 9minsSubstituted forLazaroat 54′minutes
- 8AlabaSubstituted forDansoat 69′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 6SeiwaldBooked at 17mins
- 9SabitzerBooked at 89mins
- 10WeimannSubstituted forGregoritschat 64′minutes
- 7ArnautovicSubstituted forOnisiwoat 63′minutes
- 8TchouaméniSubstituted forGuendouziat 63′minutes
- 7GriezmannSubstituted forMbappéat 63′minutes
- 11ComanSubstituted forNkunkuat 79′minutes
- 9Ben Yedder
- Anastasios Sidiropoulos
Match ends, Austria 1, France 1.
Second Half ends, Austria 1, France 1.
Christopher Nkunku (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Valentino Lazaro (Austria).
Attempt saved. Mattéo Guendouzi (France) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kylian Mbappé with a cross.
Corner, France. Conceded by Marcel Sabitzer.
Corner, France. Conceded by Kevin Danso.
Kevin Danso (Austria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Christopher Nkunku (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kevin Danso (Austria).
Marcel Sabitzer (Austria) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, France. Karim Benzema tries a through ball, but Moussa Diaby is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Kylian Mbappé (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Kylian Mbappé (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Maximilian Wöber (Austria).
Goal! Austria 1, France 1. Kylian Mbappé (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Christopher Nkunku with a through ball following a fast break.
Foul by Ibrahima Konaté (France).
Michael Gregoritsch (Austria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Ibrahima Konaté (France) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christopher Nkunku with a cross following a corner.
Corner, France. Conceded by Konrad Laimer.