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In an entertaining first knock out match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Didier Deschamps men secured a deserving 4-3 win over Argentina at Kazan Arena, Kazan.
France was dominant from the very start and nearly got the lead in the 9th minute when Griezmann free kick shot came off the bar.
France took the lead in the 13th minute through Antoine Griezmann´s penalty strike. Rojo conceded the penalty after he fouled Mbappe inside the box, Griezmann stepped in to send Franco Armani to the wrong.
Six minutes later Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico brought down Mbappe again and concede free at the edge of the box Mbappe., Griezmann take went off in the orbit.
However, Argentina squared the level before the halftime. Di Maria´s strike a stunner in the 41st minute. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder received the ball from Banega unmarked at around 35-yard area who curled a powerful shot into the top corner of the net past Hugo Lloris
Three minutes down the second half Argentina scored their second to take the lead. Messi´s shot after collecting the ball made the space to take a shot that got the deflection of Mercado and completely beat Lloris and the ball roll in the back of the net.
Nine minutes later, Pavard striker a brilliant right-footer to send the ball into the top corner past Armani to bring in the parity in the game.
Seven minutes later regain the lead as Mbappe gained Pogba´s blocked shot and took a low shot that found the net beating Argentine goalkeeper Armani. Mbappe found his second of the match four minutes later on Giroud´s cross.
As the match was heading towards the end and Argentina sure to return empty-handed Aguero scored to give some hope to La Albiceleste but it was too late for Jorge Sampaoli boys to bounce back this ending their World Cup campaign.
Full-time: France 4-3 Argentina
90+3: Yellow card Nicolas Otamendi
90+3: Yellow card Olivier Giroud
90+3: Goal!! Sergio Aguero scored for Argentina
90: Four minutes added
89: Substitution for France, Kylian Mbappe OFF Florian Thauvin IN
83: Substitution for France, Antoine Griezmann OFF Nabil Fekir IN
75: Substitution for France, Blaise Matuidi OFF Corentin Tolisso IN
75: Substitution for Argentina, Cristian Pavon OFF Maximiliano Meza IN
73: Yellow card Benjamin Pavard
72: Yellow card Blaise Matuidi
68: Goal!! Kylian Mbappe scored for France
66: Substitution for Argentina, Enzo Perez OFF Sergio Aguero IN
64: Goal!! Kylian Mbappe scored for France
57: Goal!! Benjamin Pavard scored for France
50: Yellow card Ever Banega
48: Goal!! Gabriel Mercado scores for Argentina
46: Substitution for Argentina, Marcos Rojo OFF Federico Fazio IN
46: Second half kicks off
Half-time: France 1-1 Argentina
45: Two minutes added
43: Yellow card Javier Mascherano
41: Goal!! Angel di Maria scores for Argentina
19: Yellow card Nicolas Tagliafico
13: Penalty Goal by Antoine Griezmann scores for France
11: Yellow card Marcos Rojo
1: First half kick off
Argentina subs: Nahuel Guzman, Cristian Ansaldi, Lucas Biglia, Federico Fazio, Marcos Acuna, Gonzalo Higuain, Maximiliano Meza, Eduardo Salvio, Sergio Aguero, Giovani Lo Celso, Paulo Dybala, Willy Caballero.
Argentina Line-up: Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico; Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez; Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria.
France subs: Presnel Kimpembe, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele, Corentin Tolisso, Steven N Zonzi, Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami, Nabil Fekir, Djibril Sidibe, Florian Thauvin, Benjamin Mendy, Alphonse Areola.
France Line-up: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez; N Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi; Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud.
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