N'Golo Kante's Late Recovery to Stop Austria Attack Earns Al Ittihad Star Praises on Social Media

N'Golo Kante's Late Recovery to Stop Austria Attack Earns Al Ittihad Star Praises on Social Media

Lukman Mumuni
updated at June 21, 2024 at 10:28 AM
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  • Saudi-based N'Golo Kante produced a Man of the Match performance as France defeated Austria
  • The Al-Ittihad midfielder's timely tackle late in the game ensured France got off to a winning start
  • The former European champions will face the Netherlands in Group D's headliner in their next game

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France midfielder, N'Golo Kante, has been all over social media following his starring performance in the Group D opener against Austria.

The Saudi-based midfielder produced a late recovery tackle to stop Austria from getting an equaliser in the hard-fought win on Monday, June 17, 2024.

A first-half own goal from Maximilian Wöber was enough as France secured all three points at the Merkur Spiel-Arena.

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N'Golo Kante in action for France in the Group D opener at the European Championship in Germany on June 17, 2024. Photo: Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto.
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In a video shared on social media, Kante raced from 40m back to stop the Austrian from a quick counter-attack.

His performance was crucial for Les Blues, who have been dubbed tournament favourites, having reached the final of the last World Cup.

Meanwhile, he also became the second player plying his trade outside of Europe to represent France at an international tournament.

How fans reacted to Kante's performance

@julietbawuah wrote:

Another reminder from N’Golo Kante to do the simple things in midfield. Simple football.

@TenHagEra posted:

This Kante performance has been ELITE.

@DeanCFC added:

70% of the earth is covered by water. The rest is covered by N’Golo Kante.

@MCFC_Jacky wrote:

Kante running back to defend, this guy is unbelievable

@PoojaMedia tweeted:

Kante - Toyota Corolla's 2005 engine. Fuel conserver.

@FootballFactly posted:

“Class is permanent” has never applied to anyone more than N’Golo Kante.

Mbappe's drought continues at Euros

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Kylian Mbappe's search for a first European Championship goal had to be prolonged after missing the best chance of the game between France and Austria.

The new Real Madrid signing might have also produced an early miss of the tournament contender after placing his ball wide when left with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Although he was largely missing in the first half, the France captain forced the opener after his cross was misguided into the wrong net by Austria's Maximilian Wöber.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.