Mbappe stars as France beat Argentina to enter World Cup 2018 quarter-finals

first_imgKylian Mbappe scored a brace as France defeated Argentina 4-3 in their round of 16 match at the Kazan Arena on Saturday to book a berth in the quarter-finals of FIFA World Cup 2018.This means there will be no Messi vs Portugal face-off and France will now face the winner of the Uruguay vs Portugal round of 16 match.With Argentina’s exit, both the 2014 World Cup finalists are out of this tournament. Defending champions Germany had crashed out after losing to South Korea last week.Argentina, two-time world champions and 2014 runners-up, were on the verge of elimination last week following a 1-1 draw against Iceland and 3-0 defeat to Croatia. However, Lionel Messi found his rhythm and Argentina booked a berth in the round of 16 by overcoming Nigeria 2-1.#FRA #FRA #FRAWe have our first quarter-finalists! #FRAARG World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 20182018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAfter opening the scoring with an Antoine Griezmann penalty, France looked too strong for Argentina, but they wasted chances to bury their opponents and were punished either side of the break.Angel Di Maria benefited from the French defence’s passiveness to equalise with a long-range cracker before Gabriel Mercado flicked Lionel Messi’s shot past Hugo Lloris.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – STATSPavard’s stunning half-volley, which brought back memories of fellow full back Lilian Thuram scoring twice in the 1998 World Cup semi-finals, restored parity, and Mbappe’s raw pace ultimately made the difference.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSMbappe, the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele, in the 1958 final, to score two goals in one World Cup match, then took over to send Argentina slumping out of the finals before the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002.advertisementMbappe’s first goal came seven minutes later when he snared a loose ball, taking one touch to race past his marker and firing it home with his left foot through Armani’s dive.His second came after 68 minutes at the end of a flowing French move with Olivier Giroud providing the subtlest of touches to lay the ball into Mbappe’s path and the teenager finishing right-footed with some elan.What a performance from @KMbappe!Here’s his @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch interview following #FRAARG… World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 2018Argentina continued to fight over the last 20 minutes but Aguero’s header from Messi’s cross in stoppage time was too little, too late.France will now play Uruguay in the quarters on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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