Bukayo Saka BETTER than Kylian Mbappe in England’s defeat to France according to L’Equipe but NOT Man of the Match
NOTORIOUSLY tough scoring French newspaper L’Equipe gave Bukayo Saka a higher match rating than Kylian Mbappe in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final.
England winger Saka was superb throughout the 2-1 defeat – and scored a seven out of ten from L’Equipe.
PAThe brilliant Bukayo Saka was given a higher match rating than Kylian Mbappe by L’Equipe[/caption]
GettyThe Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by France in the World Cup quarter-finals[/caption]
L’EQUIPEL’Equipe thought Saka was England’s best player on the night[/caption]
Mbappe on the other hand was given a five, with right-back Kyle Walker doing well to keep the shackles on the France dangerman.
But, despite Saka’s score, he wasn’t Player of the Match in the eyes of the French newspaper.
Instead that honour went to France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The captain was given an eight out of ten, higher than anyone else on the pitch.
Tottenham stopper Lloris made six saves in the game to keep his side in it as England knocked on the door.
Although he was still powerless to stop Harry Kane’s rocket of a first penalty, before seeing his club team-mate blaze a second spot-kick over the bar.
It was mostly fives and sixes across the board for both teams, although Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann were both given a seven after impressing on the night.
Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio was given a four out of ten for his performance.
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Kane was denied a first-half penalty after appearing to be tripped by France defender Dayot Upamecano.
Pranksters even changed Sampaio’s Wikipedia page after a number of questionable decisions.
While former England defender Gary Neville brandished the ref a “joke” following the game.
He blasted on ITV: “The referee I thought he had an absolute nightmare, he was a joke of a referee.
“I’m not saying he was at fault for England’s defeat. People will say it’s excuses, but he was just a bad referee.”