France downed Argentina 4-3 in the First Knockout match of the World Cup in the Round Of 16. Mbaape struck 2 goals in the France Vs Argentina game to send the South Americans out of the tournament.
Qualifying for the knock-out stages with a lot of difficulty after beating Nigeria 2-1 in their final group stage match. Moreover, Argentina’s FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign has not been pretty much to remember as they drew 1-1 with Iceland and lost 3-0 to Croatia.
Argentina opted to play a 4-3-3 formation leaving out both Aguero and Higuain. They played a high back-line which was easily foxed by Kylian Mbappe’s pace. Mbappe began troubling the defenders early which earned France a penalty in the 14th minute. Antoino Griezzman stepped up and converted from the spot scoring his second goal of the tournament.
The idea of playing Lionel Messi as false 9 turned out disastrous for La Albiceleste in the France Vs Argentina match as the players on the flanks found it difficult connecting to him. For all their efforts, Argentina equalised by the end of the first half through Angel Di Maria. He scored a stunner from 30 yards cancelling France’s lead.
France have only conceded one goal from open play at this #worldcup.
The over dependency on Messi has cost Argentina for a quite a while now. Argentina surprisingly were leading the France Vs Argentina game after a deflected goal from Mercedo at the start of the scond half. However, it didn’t last long as Benjamin Pavard equalised in the 56th minute scoring a stunner from outside the box.
There was no looking back from there on as Mbappe stuck two in quick succession in the 64th and 68th minute making the score 4-2. An insurmountable lead for the Messi and Co. Aguero who came in as a substitute scoring a late goal in the injury time of the France Vs Argentina game but by then Argentina were already out.
Pavard became the first defender after Thuram to score a FIFA World Cup goal for France. The French are through to the Quarter-finals where they face Uruguay in what seems like another thrilling contest between two well organised teams. Uruguay qualified for the Quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Portugal.
Didier Deschamps 80th game was a fitting reward on its own. Kylian Mbappe showed the world again why he is one of the most sought after teenagers in the world.
Kylian Mbappé vs Argentina
2 goals 1 penalty won 24 passes 71% pass accuracy 7 successful dribbles 2 interceptions 1 tackle won
It possibly seems like the last World Cup for Messi and it’s disappointing to see that the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner hasn’t won the World Cup with his country.
France for all their doubters have shown that they can justify the potential they have got. A 4-3 win in the France Vs Argentina game would only bolster their confidence going into the Quarter-finals.
And for Jorge Sampaoli and his men, the whole World Cup campaign hasn’t been quite a journey they had expected with the only light moment coming after qualifying for the knockout rounds. There were questions over benching of key players and reshuffling as they played 4 different formations in 4 matches only to cost them nothing.
More questions will arise and critics will give their views as the days go by, but for now Argentina has been kicked out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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