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Wonderful Mbappe stars as France beat Argentina in World Cup classic

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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.

Though much of the focus before the game had been on Lionel Messi, it was Mbappe who produced a brilliant performance that will linger long in the memory.

The 19-year-old's second-half double turned the game decisively in France's favour, and inflicted more pain on Argentina in what may be their final chance to win the World Cup during Messi's prime.

Antoine Griezmann had already hit the bar with a free-kick by the time he put France ahead from the penalty spot in the ninth minute, following a searing Mbappe run that was ended by a clumsy Marcos Rojo foul.

Argentina looked unable to reply for much of the first half, until Angel di Maria hauled his side level with a stunning long-range curler shortly before the break.

The thousands of raucous South American supporters were sent into raptures when Gabriel Mercado diverted a Messi shot past Hugo Lloris to give Jorge Sampaoli's side the lead.

But Benjamin Pavard's stunning strike levelled the scores and 11 minutes later, Mbappe had scored twice - two clinical finishes that ensured the 2014 beaten finalists would be going home at the last 16.

For the first he swept body and ball into space before driving past Franco Armani to score, while the second was swept in crisply at the end of a counter-attack as Argentina chased another leveller.

Substitute Sergio Aguero did get a late consolation - a low header from a pin-point Messi cross in the 93rd minute.

But this defeat will raise many questions, including about Messi's international future, and that of manager Sampaoli.

France, meanwhile, will go on to play Uruguay or Portugal, who meet in Sochi later on Saturday at 19:00 BST.

More to follow.

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Line-ups

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2PavardBooked at 73mins
  • 4Varane
  • 5Umtiti
  • 21Hernández
  • 6Pogba
  • 13Kanté
  • 10MbappéSubstituted forThauvinat 89'minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forFekirat 83'minutes
  • 14MatuidiBooked at 72minsSubstituted forTolissoat 75'minutes
  • 9GiroudBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Kimpembe
  • 8Lemar
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Tolisso
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Rami
  • 18Fekir
  • 19Sidibe
  • 20Thauvin
  • 22Mendy
  • 23Areola

Argentina

  • 12Armani
  • 2Mercado
  • 17OtamendiBooked at 90mins
  • 16RojoBooked at 11minsSubstituted forFazioat 45'minutes
  • 3TagliaficoBooked at 19mins
  • 15PérezSubstituted forAgüeroat 66'minutes
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 43mins
  • 7BanegaBooked at 50mins
  • 22PavónSubstituted forMezaat 75'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 11Di María

Substitutes

  • 1Guzmán
  • 4Ansaldi
  • 5Biglia
  • 6Fazio
  • 8Acuña
  • 9Higuaín
  • 13Meza
  • 18Salvio
  • 19Agüero
  • 20Lo Celso
  • 21Dybala
  • 23Caballero
Referee:
Alireza Faghani
Attendance:
42,873

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamArgentina
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home21
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, France 4, Argentina 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 4, Argentina 3.

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Maximiliano Meza with a cross.

Booking

Olivier Giroud (France) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gabriel Mercado (Argentina).

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! France 4, Argentina 3. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Sergio Agüero (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

Foul by Gabriel Mercado (Argentina).

Corentin Tolisso (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

Offside, Argentina. Nicolás Tagliafico tries a through ball, but Ángel Di María is caught offside.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Samuel Umtiti.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Florian Thauvin replaces Kylian Mbappé.

Federico Fazio (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corentin Tolisso (France).

Gabriel Mercado (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lucas Hernández (France).

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

Gabriel Mercado (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nabil Fekir (France).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Nabil Fekir replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (France).

Gabriel Mercado (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Olivier Giroud (France).

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

Benjamin Pavard (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Corentin Tolisso replaces Blaise Matuidi.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Maximiliano Meza replaces Cristian Pavón.

Foul by Gabriel Mercado (Argentina).

Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Benjamin Pavard (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ángel Di María (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Benjamin Pavard (France).

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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