Match report:France vs Argentina
Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France dumped
Lionel Messi and Argentina out of the World
Cup with a 4-3 win in an outstanding round-
of-16 tie in Kazan.
Argentina had come from 1-0 down to lead
2-1 in a match illuminated by outstanding
goals from Angel Di Maria and Benjamin
Pavard, but a quickfire second-half double
from Mbappe put France firmly in the driving
seat before Argentina struck again in added
Seven minutes in came the first indication of
the havoc Mbappe was to wreak when he
turned and ran at the heart of the Argentina
defence, Javier Mascherano bringing him down
25 yards out.
Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba stood over
the ball and, when the former unleashed a
strike, the ball crashed off the bar with
Franco Armani beaten before Argentina
scrambled it away.
After 11 minutes, Mbappe's brilliance
engineered the breakthrough for France as he
embarking on a scorching run from deep inside
his own half all the way into the Argentina
box, where he was brought down by Marcos
After a VAR check had been carried out to
confirm the decision, Rojo was booked and
Griezmann sent Armani the wrong way to give
Didier Dechamps' side the lead after 13
Mbappe was at it again six minutes later when
Pogba's long pass from a free kick deep in his
own half picked him out and, after bringing
the ball down, he was fouled on the edge of
the area by Nicolas Tagliafico, who also saw a
Pogba thumped the free kick over the bar,
and at the other end Ever Banega had
Agentina's first strike of any note but saw
his 25-yarder deflected high.
Aguero gave a consolidation goal for Argentina in the 90th minutes.
France will face either Portugal or Uruguay in the quarter final.