Web Desk(June 30, 2018): In the FIFA World Cup 2018 pre-quarter final knockout round, France beat Argentina by 4-3 at Kazan.
France took an early lead after Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 13th — after Mbappe drew the penalty — with Angel Di Maria leveling the score with a thunder strike just before the interval.
Messi set-up a goal for Gabriel Mercado to give Argentina a 2-1 lead just after halftime but Argentina’s defense cracked to concede three goals in the space of 11 minutes. Defender Benjamin Pavard equalized with his first international goal, Mbappe then scored with a cool finish from a tight angle and netted again in the 68th with some help from Olivier Giroud.
Later, Uruguay will face Portugal in Sochi at 11.00 pm.
A total of 16 teams qualified for the pre-quarterfinal knockout round.