France qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Russia after a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday at the Kazan Arena in the last 16. The game was thrilling in the first minutes, with the Argentinian team dominating the first minutes, but French cocks quickly put their style on the game to the end.
The French side is credited with winning the win over Messi Mbabi of Paris St Germain who scored the third and fourth goals and got himself a penalty kick from the first goal.
On the other hand, Argentina, led by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, continued their dismal performances in the tournament to qualify for the early exit of the tournament after reaching the final of the last version in Brazil before the defeat against Germany. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Grisman made it 13 minutes into the penalty spot and then St Germain’s Angel Di Maria realized the equalizer in the 41st minute.
Sevilla defender Gabriel Mercado added the second goal to Argentina in the 48th minute, and Germany’s VfB Stuttgart defender Benjamin Bavar equalized in the 57th minute. Mbabi took the lead and scored the third and fourth goals for France in the 64th and 68th minutes. In stoppage time, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scored the third goal for Argentina.
Argentina qualified for the knockout stage with a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the last group stage, finishing fourth in Group D with four points. France is in Group C with seven points from two wins and one draw.
France will meet in the quarter-finals with the winner of the other match in the Round of 16, which was held later today between Uruguay and Portugal. Didier Deschamps’s French team look forward to winning the World Cup for the second time in their career after winning the title for the first time in the 1998 edition of the home.
The match began with offensive attempts by the Argentine side in search of an early goal close to winning and moving to the next round, but the team did not succeed in turning the game into a real threat to goalkeeper Hugo Lauris. Antoine Grizmann had a goal off a free-kick from a 25-meter free kick, but the crossbar was on the lookout.
The French team received a penalty kick in the 11th minute after Kylian Mbabie fired the ball from the center of the pitch and made his way towards the Argentine goal before being pushed by Marcos Rojo. Grisman struck the right of Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani, scoring the goal for the French national team.
Mbabi continued his dangerous moves amid Argentinian defenses and got a free kick on the line of the penalty area but was not optimally exploited by Paul Bubba. The French team was able to score the second goal in the 26th minute after Grzemann made a great move on the left before passing a scurrying cross to Mattei’s Tops on the line but Franco Armani grabbed the ball in time.
The Argentine team responded with a quick rebound that ended with a pass from Gabriel Mercado inside the penalty area, but the ball touched the hands of one of France‘s defenders without Iranian referee Ali Reza Vajhani penalty for Tango.
The first half-hour of the game was dominated by a takeover of the Argentine team but without real chances against the opponent while the French team played a balanced defense and attack.
Four minutes from the end of the first half, Angel de Maria realized the equalizer for Argentina with a left-footed shot from outside the area that occupied the far left corner of goalkeeper Loris. At the start of the second half, Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli made his first change by pushing Federico Vazio instead of Marcos Rojo.
Three minutes into the second half, Gabriel Mercado added the second goal to Argentina after a free-kick from the left by Ever Paniga and the latest defense to reach the creek to Lionel Messi, who shot a strong shot hit the foot of Mercado and changed the direction into the net.
France almost equalized in the 55th minute after a fatal foul from Federico Fazio when he returned the ball to his keeper to intervene and cut the ball but hit the ball. The Argentinian joy did not last long, as Benjamin Bavar scored the equalizer for France in the 57th minute with a stunning one-touch shot from outside the box, using a clever pass from Lucas Hernandez.
Mbabi took the lead and scored France’s third goal in the 64th minute with a powerful shot from inside the box that passed under Armani’s hand and settled the net. Sampaio made two changes to Benzol Sergio Aguero instead of Enzo Perez and Maximiliano Meza instead of Christian Pavon and Didier Deschamps, France coach with the inclusion of Corinthian Toledo instead of Matudei.
The 68th minute came to the fourth goal of the French Duke signed Mbabi also after a quick counter-attack ended with a pass more than a wonderful inside the penalty area Matwaidi met Mbabi with a shot directly to his right foot in the net.
Olivier Jiro was very close to scoring the fifth goal of the Duke with a shot from the inside of the penalty area but the ball passed directly next to the net. The four goals gave the French team a doubling of confidence as the team took full control of the game in the last quarter of an hour and was able to.