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Mbappe Stars, Messi Fumbles As France Subdue Argentina In Thriler

Mbappe Stars, Messi Fumbles As France Subdue Argentina In Thriler

By James Agberebi:

Argentina’s campaign at this year’s FIFA World Cup was finally ended after they were outscored 4-3 by France in a thrilling round of 16 clash in Kazan on Saturday.


Teenager Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show, scoring two goals, with Antoine Griezmann and Benjamin Pavard the other scorers for France while Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Marcado and Sergio Aguero were on target for Argentina.

The win was France’s first against Argentina in three World Cup meetings after their two previous encounters in 1930 (1-0) and 1978 (2-1).

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Mbappe, 19, becomes the first teenager to score more than once in a World Cup tournament since Michael Owen did so in 1998.

The last time Argentina got knocked out in the round of 16 was at the 1994 World Cup when they lost 3-2 to Romania.

France almost took the lead on eight minutes through Antoine Griezmann who saw his well struck free-kick hit the cross bar.

France eventually took the lead on 13 minutes through Griezmann who converted from the penalty spot after Marcos Rojo wrestled Mbappe to the ground as the France forward went on a mazy run from his own half.

Paul Pogba should have doubled France’s lead on 21 minutes from a free-kick close to the edge of Argentina box from a foul on Mbappe but blasted his effort over the bar.

Argentina were back on level terms on 41 minutes off a superb left-foot strike from 25 yards from Di Maria which was their first shot on target.

Argentina got off to the perfect start in the second half as Mercado put them 2-1 up after deflecting Messi’s goal-bound shot past Hugo Lloris.

But the French equalised in the 57th minute thanks to a brilliant volley by Pavard close to the edge of the Argentine box.

In the 64th minute, France went 3-2 up through Mbappe who created space for himself inside the box off a cross before firing a low left-foot shot past Armani.

Mbappe made it 4-2 in the 68th minute as he finished off a brilliant counter-attacking move with Olivier Giroud laying the assist.

Messi, who had a poor game, almost gave Argentina a lifeline in the 85th minute following a mistake in midfield by Nabil Fekir but his weak low shot was well saved by Lloris after a brilliant run towards the French 18.

Aguero pulled a goal back in the 93rd minute as he headed in a cross from Messi.

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  • godspower 3 years ago

    argentina how market?

    • Lucky Ukhun 3 years ago

      Godspower, thank you for that question. Na for only our body dem dey get power.

    • stanley 3 years ago

      They now know how painful. 
      Maradona should stretched extra fingers on France. 
      They should call their Turkish referee for more help.

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    Watched the match and couldn’t help compare Mbappe to Iheanacho. Diffence between the two? Self confidence and belief.

  • I hope maradona didn’t collapse again. The cheaters finally go home.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Iheanacho was an average player from day one that old man was overhyped by Nigeria media, he was a man playing against boys five years ego. I knew he would be exposed at the World Cup just like other average players claiming to be stars.Bunch of lazy average players with their moronic coach

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    @suunyb, i  know you are pained by our loss to Argentina just like millions of Nigerians but negative posts will not change the results or outcome of the match. A moronic coach would certainly not qualify you for the world cup. Ask Hugo Bross.

  • Rohr beat Nigeria nor Argentina.
    ROHR scored the own goal assisted by the Mafias; MIKEL, MOSES, IGHALO.

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    I’m glad Argentina has been booted out of the world cup.
    I’m happy with our team and i hope Rohr knows the team better now.
    Continuity is the way forward.
    What we need is a few additions and Ighalo should do us a favour and quit the national team.

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    Continuity with stupidity will send you to the unknown.

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    There are two sets of commentators on this platform. On one hand are those who despite the heartbreak of the Argentina match genuinely support the national team and its handlers and want improvement in the Super Eagles team. On the other hand are those who would rather blame the Super Eagles and it’s handlers even for their own personal shortcomings and unfulfillment in their lives.