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Mbappe scores 100th career goal as France reclaim top spot with comprehensive win

The PSG forward helped his side to a 4-0 result in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Andorra.

It was a huge night for Kylian Mbappe
It was a huge night for Kylian Mbappe
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KYLIAN MBAPPE SCORED 100th goal of his senior career as he opened the scoring for France in their 4-0 win over Andorra. 

Mbappe raced clear in the 11th minute of the Euro 2020 qualifier, lifting a delicate finish over the onrushing Josep Gomes to get Les Bleus up and running. 

And it was a milestone strike for the 20-year-old, who brought up a century of goals for club and country before then turning provider for Florian Thauvin to put France 3-0 up at the interval after Wissam Ben Yedder had doubled their lead. 

Kurt Zouma added a fourth for Didier Deschamps’ on the hour mark to make sure of the result.  

In his 180 senior games, Mbappe has netted 87 times in all competitions across two seasons each with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, with Tuesday’s goal his 13th on the international stage. 

And the youngster has been even more prolific over the last year.  

He netted four times for France at the World Cup in Russia last summer, finishing two behind the tournament’s top scorer Harry Kane and level with team-mate Antoine Griezmann and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.  

Mbappe followed that by finishing as Ligue 1’s top scorer last season, racking up 33 goals for PSG, 11 better than Nicolas Pepe of Lille who finished in second.  

But Tuesday’s showing comes off the back of a rare poor showing for both Mbappe and France.  

A 2-0 loss against Turkey on Saturday saw them hit a 10-year low by not recording a single shot on target.  

In the process, Mbappe had his worst game for his nation, giving the ball away 22 times on the night.  

But the positive response against Andorra, coupled with Turkey’s loss to Iceland on Tuesday, saw France move back top of Group H on goal difference.  

They’ll be back in qualifying action on 7 September as they look to book their place at the 2020 European championships.  

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