France Knocks Argentina Out of World Cup | Mbappe Man of the Match
Kylian Mbappe announced himself on football’s biggest stage with two fine goals that gave France victory in a classic World Cup encounter with Argentina, and a place in the quarter-finals.
France took an early lead after Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 13th — after Mbappe drew the penalty — with Angel Di Maria leveling the score with a thunder strike just before the interval.
Messi set-up a goal for Gabriel Mercado to give Argentina a 2-1 lead just after halftime but Argentina’s defence cracked to concede three goals in the space of 11 minutes. Defender Benjamin Pavard equalized with his first international goal, Mbappe then scored with a cool finish from a tight angle and netted again in the 68th with some help from Olivier Giroud.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero pulled one back in the third minute of added time with a header from Messi’s pass.