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France end Lionel Messi’s Fifa World Cup 2018 dream in World Cup classic


The 1998 champions won 4-3 and looked a different side from the one that struggled to find their cutting edge in the group stage, pouring forward with pace and purpose to stretch the ageing Argentine defence in Kazan.


Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead from the penalty spot but the South Americans levelled after a sweet hit from Angel Di Maria and edged ahead shortly after half-time through Gabriel Mercado. Artifical Intelligence check this how its impacting world.

But defender Benjamin Pavard equalised with a thunderous strike to pull France level and once more change the complexion of the game. That set the scene for 19-year-old Mbappe, who netted two goals in four second-half minutes to become the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958.
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Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russia that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-times former champions. Man-of-the-match Mbappe brushed off the Pele comparisons.

For the first-time ever a World Cup match ended 4-3 over 90 minutes, and the encounter in Kazan certainly didn't disappoint. An enthralling contest saw goal-of-the-tournament contenders from both Angel Di Maria and Benjamin Pavard and even an improbably dramatic finale after Sergio Aguero's injury-time effort gave Argentina hope. But Mbappe, the €200million PSG sensation, still only 19, proved the difference with a magnificent individual display.

Argentina had briefly led 2-1 for nine minutes early in the second half, a lead they had scarcely deserved. However, Angel Di Maria's fine strike in the 41st minute drew them level before Gabriel Mercado put them ahead after the break. Substitute Sergio Aguero added a third in stoppage time but the Albiceleste head home, and Les Bleus move on.

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