By his own admission, Randal Kolo Muani is not about to forget the huge missed chance against Emiliano Martinez in the final moments of extra time in the final against Argentina.
Entering the game shortly before the break to replace Ousmane Dembélé, the Bondynois energized the tricolor game, causing the penalty allowing Kylian Mbappé to reduce the score at the start of the last quarter of an hour and to completely restart this final. But if Randal Kolo Muani scored this final, it is also because of his huge missed chance in the last moments of extra time.
After inheriting a long ball at the entrance to the penalty area, the tricolor striker found himself alone against Emiliano Martinez. Choosing to shoot in force, the young striker saw the leg of the Argentinian goalkeeper repel his attempt. And if he was subsequently strong enough to transform his attempt during the penalty shootout, the native of Bondy inevitably bears a large part of the responsibility for the defeat of the Blues. “I will think about this occasion for the rest of my life. It’s become a part of me.” he also confided to Sky Sports, visibly still affected by this failure.
I’ll never forget
“I have to go on with my life. All strikers have missed opportunities in their lives. I can’t lower my head. I have to keep going like this and keep fighting.”continued the former Nantes player, who just three months after making his debut for France, played three World Cup matches and scored a valuable goal against Morocco in the semi-finals. “It was amazing. I’ll never forget. I was very happy to be able to play and I’m very proud of the team and of myself.”he concluded.
To overcome this failure, Randal Kolo Muani can count on the support of his coach in Frankfurt, Oliver Glasner. “We signed him because we saw great potential in him. We saw instantly that he was very fast. He listens and tries things on the pitch, plus he’s a great boy.”he confided, adding: “It’s not that surprising that he’s so capable. That he plays such a crucial and formative role, on the other hand, is perhaps surprising. But he deserves it because of his performance. We wrote to him after the final to tell him that he must be very proud of his year. Much more, it’s not really achievable in a calendar year. »