2018 World Cup: Mbappe Stars As France Beat Argentina To Reach Last 8

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored twice in a remarkable performance as France beat Argentina in a thrilling match to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Antoine Griezmann had already hit the crossbar with a free-kick when he slotted home his second penalty of the tournament to put France ahead after 19-year-old Mbappe was hauled down by Marcos Rojo.

Argentina equalised through Angel di Maria’s sublime 30-yard equaliser, and Gabriel Mercado’s deflected finish put the South Americans ahead for the first time.

Benjamin Pavard’s arrowed strike from outside the penalty area made it 2-2 before Mbappe became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958.

He restored France’s lead with an angled finish from eight yards, and four minutes later netted a first-time shot as the 1998 winners reached the last eight.

Substitute Sergio Aguero headed a stoppage-time consolation for Argentina but they could not force a late equaliser.

France will next face either Portugal or Uruguay, who play later.

 

 

  • BBC