Watch Amrabat’s gnashing tackle on Mbappe that forced the France forward to change boots when ‘laces were shredded’.

KYLIAN MBAPPE was crushed by Sofyan Amrabat, who forced him to change boots during France’s semi-final win over Morocco.

The reigning world champions defeated the Atlas Lions 2-0 thanks to goals from Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani.

Sofyan Amrabat ground down Kylian Mbappe with a huge tackle outside the box

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Sofyan Amrabat ground down Kylian Mbappe with a huge tackle outside the boxPhoto credit: Getty
The Moroccan won the ball and picked up Mbappe with it near the baseline

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The Moroccan won the ball and picked up Mbappe with it near the baselineCredit: EPA
Frenchman Mbappe lay on the ground screaming

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Frenchman Mbappe lay on the ground screamingPhoto credit: Rex
Shortly after the challenge, he had to replace his left shoe

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Shortly after the challenge, he had to replace his left shoePhoto credit: Getty

That means they will now meet Argentina in Sunday’s final as they look to become the first nation to defend the trophy since Brazil in 1962.

And they will be relieved that talisman Mbappe, 23, emerged from the game unscathed after a meaty tackle from Amrabat, 26.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward picked up the pace and flew over the line to avoid Achraf Dari’s slipping challenge.

It looked like Amrabat wouldn’t come back to catch it but then he came in with a tackle to win the ball, going through Mbappe in the process.

Mbappe writhed on the floor in pain but no foul was called and English legend Stuart Pearce loved the Fiorentina midfielder’s aggression.

Commenting for talkSPORT, Pearce said: “I’ll tell you what, if you want to make a statement for your country that being out there means more to you than anything, that’s it from Amarbat.

“He turned on the afterburners and made a big challenge to take out Mbappe and launch a counterattack.”

Moments later, Mbappe had to change his left boot.

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And Pearce believed it was because Amrabat’s tackle had “torn” his laces.

Amrabat has endured a sensational tournament for Morocco and have been linked with moves to Liverpool and PSG.

He has one more World Cup game ahead of him as Walid Regragui’s side take on Croatia in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6919062/amrabat-tackle-mbappe-change-boots-world-cup-france-morocco/ Watch Amrabat’s gnashing tackle on Mbappe that forced the France forward to change boots when ‘laces were shredded’.

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