FT | That's it! France win the clash 4-3 and qualify for quarterfinal. Argentina are knocked out. Perhaps the last World Cup game for Lionel Messi. And it is an disappointing end. Argentina looked in control at the start of second half after netting two back to back goals. But them France slotted three consecutive goals to turn the table. What a match and in the end the France deserved to move forward.
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90'+3' | GOAL!!! Kun Aguero scores for Argentina after an assist from Lionel Messi. Will Argentina pull things back here? Maybe it is not over yet. France 4-3 Argentina.
90' | Four minutes of extra time has been added. Two goals in four minutes is a big ask for Argentina. It looks like their World Cup campaign is over. Nothing but something extraordinary will save them. France 4-2 Argentina.
84' | Lionel Messi had a chance to net a goal. He cleared the defence but then couldn't slot it past Hugo Lloris. Messi is down and disappointed. France 4-2 Argentina.
83' | Argentina pressing hard for a goal. They desperately need one here, in fact two to level. Maybe one will help them somewhat to restore their confidence. Meanwhile, Fekir replaces Griezmann. France 4-2 Argentina.
79' | Both teams making some changes now. France in total control now, thanks to the two-goal lead. Time running away for Argentina. They need Messi magic here, can he? France 4-2 Argentina.
68' | GOAL!!! It is Kylian Mbappe again. Magnificent piece of football by France. Mbappe deservingly has a brace against his name now. Assisted by Olivier Giroud, Mbappe moves forward and slots past Franco Armani. France 4-2 Argentina.
64' | GOAL!!! Kylian Mbappe nets one here. You can't keep him out of the game. He was looking threatening in the first half and finally gets one against his name on the scoresheet. The ball falls in front of Mbappe and he fires it into the net without wasting time. France 3-2 Argentina.
57' | GOAL!!! There you go! Now France level! This is just superb football. Lionel Messi can't believe it. It is Benjamin Pavard who scores for France. His first ever goal for France and what a stage to get it. Cross from Lucas Hernandez and Argentina fails to clear it. The ball finds Pavard and the 22-year-old from outside the box smashes it in the top corner. France 2-2 Argentina.
48' | GOAL!!! Second one for Argentina. From one down to 2-1 up, what a turnaround for Argentina. Lionel Messi strikes from inside the area and Gabriel Mercado was trying to take his foot out of the way. Fortunately, for Argentina it hit him and the ball was deflected into the net. Hugo Lloris could only watch haplessly. France 1-2 Argentina.
In the first Round of 16 match of 2018 FIFA World Cup, France and Argentina go head to head at the Kazan Arena. France topped Group C and made it to the next stage while Argentina finished as runner-up in Group D. Both the sides will be looking to put up a good show and advance in the quarterfinals. Argentina does start as favourites, but their recent form is something that pushes for a balanced contest. Stay tuned for the live updates of Argentina vs France. France vs Argentina, Live Streaming of Round of 16 Football Match 1: Get Knockout Stage Telecast & Free Online Stream Details in India for 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Argentina’s progression to the next round was nothing short of a drama. The Lionel Messi-led side opened their campaign in a shocking manner with a 1-1 draw against Iceland. Subsequently, they were handed a 0-3 by Croatia. In their last group-stage game, Argentina faced a must-win situation against Nigeria. And it was only Marcus Rojo’s late winner that saved the South Americans from being eliminated.
France, on the other hand, had a smooth but not so impressive journey. They did finish as group winners but had to toil hard for their wins against weaker opponents like Australia and Peru. And in their last match, France were held to a goalless draw by Denmark. The game against Argentina is France’s first big test in the tournament and they would love to pass it with ease. France vs Argentina Head-to-Head; South American Team Has an Upper Hand Over Les Bleus Ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup Pre-Quarters.
France probable starting lineup: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Matuidi; Mbappe, Pogba, Fekir; Griezmann.
Argentina probable starting lineup: Armani; Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Banega, Perez; Meza, Aguero, Messi.