Kylian Mbappe eclipsed Lionel Messi as France reached the World Cup quarter-finals after a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in Kazan.
The Paris Saint-Germain teenager won a 13th-minute penalty for Antoine Griezmann with a storming 75-yard run and scored two goals in five minutes (64, 68) after the break as Didier Deschamps’ side overcame the setback of going behind to claim a convincing victory.
Argentina had hit back through a 30-yard Angel di Maria strike (41) and a fortuitous flick from Gabriel Mercado three minutes after the restart but they were outplayed for prolonged periods in a game that could be Messi’s last on the global stage.
Benjamin Pavard’s 57th-minute half-volley – his first France goal – sparked a second-half surge and though substitute Sergio Aguero threatened a late twist with an injury-time header, Mbappe’s double proved decisive, setting up a last-eight tie against Uruguay.
France: Lloris (6), Pavard (7), Varane (6), Umtiti (6), Lucas (7), Kante (7), Pogba (8), Mbappe (9), Griezmann (7), Matuidi (7), Giroud (7).
Subs used: Tolisso (6), Fekir (6), Thauvin (n/a).
Argentina: Armani (6), Mercado (7), Otamendi (6), Rojo (5), Tagliafico (5), Perez (6), Mascherano (5), Banega (6), Pavon (6), Messi (6), Di Maria (7).
Subs used: Fazio (5), Meza (6), Aguero (6).
Man of the match: Kylian Mbappe
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