France recorded a 4-3 win over Argentina in a topsy-turvy last-16 clash to advance to quarter-finals.
France opened the scoring after being awarded a penalty within the first ten minutes thanks to Mbappe pace on a run from his own half into the Argentina penalty area where Marcus Rojo pulled him down. Antoine Griezmann slotted the penalty into the back of the net to give France the early lead.
Argentina’s ageing back four were completely outpaced by Mbappe and Paul Pogba throughout the first half, with France dominating on the break.
It was in the 40th minute that Angel Di Maria finally gave the loud Argentinian fans something to cheer about – scoring a wonder strike out of nowhere, after a wholly uncreative first half to equalize.
The second period saw Argentina come out re-energized, and it took Gabriel Mercado just three minutes to guide Messi’s contested shot into the goal to give them the lead.
It would last just 10 minutes, however, as French full-back Benjamin Pavard scored a curling strike into the top right corner to give Di Maria’s first-half goal a run for its money.
Within another 10 minutes, France would be up 4-2 after two clinical finishes from their star teenager in what would prove decisive.
A stoppage-time header from Sergio Aguero would give Argentina their third goal and a late burst of hope but ultimately was too little too late.