Fans have noticed why Theo Hernandez pushed teammate on the pitch after Kylian Mbappe’s goal, it's genius
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Theo Hernandez stopped one of his France teammates from celebrating Kylian Mbappe's first equaliser against Argentina in the World Cup final.
La Albiceleste went 2-0 up on Sunday evening after a penalty from Lionel Messi and a fine finish from Angel Di Maria in the first half. France launched an extraordinary comeback 10 minutes before the end through Mbappe, who halved the deficit from the penalty spot.
A minute later, he'd put Didier Deschamps' side level with a thumping volley too hot for Emiliano Martinez to handle.
France had been second-best throughout the contest. The equaliser shocked everyone as every Les Bleus player flocked to Mbappe on the far side, even those on the bench.
Randal Kolo Muani was last to arrive for the celebrations, which caused Hernandez to intervene. Check out the footage below.
The AC Milan left-back saw stepped in to push Kolo Muani back onto the Lusail Stadium turf.
Exactly why did Hernandez do this? FIFA's Law 8 says that for play to resume, “all players, except the player taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field of play."
Kolo Muani had to be the sole France player to stop Argentina from being allowed to restart the match.
Supporters on TikTok have reacted to the clip in their droves.
One person said: "Very smart. They'd just got back into the game it makes sense."
Another commented: "I think I understand why but it still looked harsh."
A third tweeted: "Theo Hernandez going above and beyond to give France a chance."
While someone put: "Felt back for Kolo Muani but he took it well."
In extra time, Argentina went ahead again through Messi's second goal of the game. He turned home the rebound after Hugo Lloris saved from Lautaro Martinez at close-range.
There was still time for more drama. Gonzalo Montiel blocked Mbappe's drive with his arm and Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot for the third time.
Mbappe made no mistake from the spot for a second time. The 23-year-old became the first player since Sir Geoff Hurst for England in 1966 to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.
Despite that, it was Argentina who came away with their first World Cup triumph since 1966 thanks to a 4-2 penalty shootout win.
Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni missed their spot kicks, while Montiel converted the all-important fourth to give Messi the perfect World Cup swan song.
He did stop short of full international retirement in a post-match interview. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner explained: "No, I'm not gonna retire from the national team. I want to keep playing as World Cup champions with Argentina shirt."