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Mbappe saves champs France against Iceland

By AAP Newswire

Kylian Mbappe inspired a stunning comeback in the final four minutes to help world champions France draw 2-2 with Iceland in an international soccer friendly on Thursday.

Les Bleus paraded the World Cup trophy they earned in Russia this summer around the Stade du Roudourou in Guingamp before kick-off, but Iceland tried to spoil the party.

Birkir Bjarnason broke the deadlock after 30 minutes with a low drive from outside the area and Kari Arnason headed in off the underside of the crossbar from a corner to stun Didier Deschamps side.

However, with four minutes to go Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe's shot was parried against Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson and into the Iceland net.

Then in the 90th minute Mbappe rifled home a penalty awarded for handball to ensure France did not suffer a humiliating home defeat.

At the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Paco Alcacer struck two goals as Spain thrashed hosts Wales 4-1.

Wales missed star Gareth Bale, who was suffering muscle fatigue, as Spain took an early lead through Borussia Dortmund striker Alcacer who curled home in the eighth minute after reaching a loose ball in the box.

An unmarked Sergio Ramos then headed home Suso's free-kick to make it 2-0 while Alcacer grabbed his second in the 29th minute.

Marc Bartra rewarded Luis Enrique for his recall to the Spain squad by heading home the fourth for the rampant visitors.

Sam Vokes netted an 89th minute consolation for the hosts, his header deflecting in off Bartra.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs was unhappy as his team didn't do the basics.

"What was disappointing for me was just not doing the basics. We scored a fantastic goal ... but that's about all we can take out of this game."

Spain host England on Monday in UEFA Nations League Group A4, while Wales host Denmark in Group B4.

In Riyadh, Argentina thrashed Iraq 4-0 in their friendly with goals from Lautaro Martinez, Roberto Pereyra, German Pezzella and Franco Cervi.

Inter Milan forward Martinez struck his first goal for his country to give Argentina the lead in the 18th minute at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd stadium.

Pereyra added the second goal in the 53rd before Pezzella and Cervi scored in the final eight minutes.

The friendly marked the return of goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who was forced out of the 2018 World Cup with a knee injury.

Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi, next play Brazil at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

In other matches, Turkey were held to a goalless draw by Bosnia & Herzegovina, Syria defeated Bahrain 1-0, Kuwait beat Lebanon 1-0 while the United Arab Emirates drew 1-1 against Honduras.