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The French team due to a phenomenal game by Kilian Mbappe in the 1/8 finals dealt with the Vice-world Champions Argentina.
France and Argentina in the match for the quarterfinals for the third time met in the world Cup. France tried to take revenge for the defeat in the world Cup 1930 and 1978.
The beginning of a match did not promise anything good Argentina – Mbappe and Griezmann from the first seconds began to terrorize the defense of the “Albiceleste”, which soon reflected on the scoreboard. On 11 minutes, Rojo Mbappe brought down in the penalty area, but Griezmann calmly converted the penalty. Soon new dash Mbappe could bring
France’s second goal, but Pogba with a dangerous free-kick launched the ball into the stands.
It seemed that already nothing will stop France to go on a break with a minimal advantage, however, the support area led the team of Didier Deschamps. In the 41st minute nobody has prevented Di maría to take the ball, assess the situation, and a powerful blow to send the ball into the far corner Loris.
The second half began with crazy Gol Argentina – Mercado has successfully substituted a foot under a bad kick and brought their team to the quarterfinals. The French not to panic and for the first time in the tournament showed the football championship level.
The beginning of the comeback of the Gauls put a phenomenal long-range strike Pavara – defensive end outside of his foot caught the ball on the edge of the penalty area and sent it in reach of the goalkeeper trajectory. On the shoulder with Messi and company put Mbappe – forward “PSG” every four minutes, converted two points and became the second player after Pele, scored twice in the playoffs of the world Cup before the onset of the 20th anniversary.
In stoppage time, Aguero has closed the pass Messi left Argentina a few tens of seconds for salvation, but to equalize the team Sampaoli could not.
The French team for the eighth time to the quarter-finals of the world Cup and the next opponent of the “Tricolor” will be determined in the evening match between Uruguay and Portugal.France – Argentina 4:3
Goals: Griezmann, 13 (penalty), Pavard, 57, Mbappe, 64, 68 Di Maria, 41, Mercado, 48, Aguero 90+3
France: Lloris — Pavard, Lizard, Umtiti, Hernandez Pogba, Kant — Mbappe (Thauvin, 89), Griezmann (Fekir, 83), Matuidi (Tolisso, 75) — Fat
Argentina: Armani Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo (Fazio, 46), Tagliafico — Pérez (Aguero, 66), Mascherano — Pavone (Mesa, 75), Banega, Di Maria — Messi
Warning: Matuidi, Pavard, Fat — Rojo, Talarico, Mascherano, Banega, Otamendi