France beat Argentina to reach World Cup quarter-finals

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19-year-old Kylian Mbappe bagged a brace as France defeated Lionel Messi’s Argentina 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup.

Griezmann almost opened the scoring for France in the eighth minute with a cracking free-kick from just outside the box that rattled the crossbar.

However, Griezmann would not be denied the opening goal in the 12th minute as he netted from the penalty spot after Marcos Rojo brought down Kylian Mbappe in the box.

Les Bleus were comfortable on the ball after 20 minutes, looking to suck Argentina into their own half and use the pace of Mbappe to do damage on the counter.

With a quarter of the match remaining, Argentina looked done and even the introduction of Aguero failed to produce an immediate response, with France looking more likely to net a fifth.

As the match progressed towards a close, Messi nearly produced the bit of individual brilliance which had been lacking but after dancing past two France defender, the Barcelona maestro fired straight at Lloris from 14 yards.

In the third minute of added-on time, Argentina did halve the deficit through Aguero’s header at the back post but it proved too little too late as the South Americans bowed out at the first knockout stage.

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