France have qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup as Kylian Mbappe tore Argentina to shreds in Kazan.
France tested first inside the first ten minutes when Mbappe won a free kick 20 yards outside the Argentine goal, which Antoine Griezmann stepped up and scored.
Mbappe was involved again minutes later, running from halfway through the pitch into the Argentine box before being pulled down by Marcos Rojo, winning a free kick that Grizmann tucked away.
Di Maria got the ball some distance from goal and unleashed a shot that nearly took the back of Hugo Lloris’ net off to equalize for Argentina in the 42nd minute.
And Argentina got themselves ahead minutes after resuming for the second half when Lionel Messi‘s shot hit Mercado, leaving Lloris flat-footed with the ball hitting the back of the net, much against the run of play.
But whatever Di Maria could do, Benjamin Pavard showed he could do it better as his sliced effort beat Franco Armani to grab his first France goal and equalize for the French.
Mbappe was having a stunning game and he got his goal to restore France’s lead when he tucked his effort under Armani to make it 3-2.
And then Mbappe got his second when he slotted under Armani after latching onto Olivier Giroud’s through ball as France ripped Argentina to shreds.
But there was another last-minute goal as Messi’s cross found Sergio Aguero at the back stick who nodded home to make it 4-3.
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