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

time.

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

Rojo.

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

minutes.

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

yellow card.

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.