Qatar 2022: Hurst congratulates Mbappe on matching World Cup hat-trick achievement

Geoff Hurst paid tribute to France striker Kylian Mbappe as the French superstar became the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final since the England legend in 1966.

PSG striker Mbappe scored two crucial goals for France in normal time to claw the reigning champions back from two goals behind against Argentina, before dispatching a huge spot-kick in extra-time to force penalties.

Although Argentina ultimately won the World Cup on penalties, Mbappe wrote himself into the history books as the first player to score a hat-trick in the final since 1966.

He also became the highest goal-scorer in the history of World Cup finals, having scored once in France’s triumphant 4-2 victory against Croatia in 2018.

Hurst tweeted to congratulate the Frenchman and said: “Many congratulations to Mbappe, whatever happens. I’ve had a great run!”

Hurst’s hat-trick sealed England’s first and only World Cup triumph in 1966, as the Three Lions beat West Germany 4-2 in London.

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