1998 baby Mbappe can bring France glory once more

1998 baby Mbappe can bring France glory once more

Just four minutes later, the 19-year-old would score again, rifling the ball home from a perfectly-weighted Olivier Giroud pass after a break from the French. Sunday's (NZT) victory gave France a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

With the score even at 2-2, Kylian Mbappe got his first goal with a cool finish from a tight angle.

"Of course, as I've already and always said, in the World Cup you have all the top level players so it is an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are", said Mbappe, who now has three goals in Russian Federation.

20 years ago today Michael Owen scored one of the best goals at any World Cup.

Mbappe was a constant threat to Argentina's creaking defence with his speed and skill and was at the heart of France's often-breathtaking display, particularly in the middle of the second half.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure during the entire match and could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played. Pele was the other, doing it twice at 17 at the 1958 World Cup. "Pele is another category, but it's good to be among these people".

Argentina were struggling match their European opponents, but then, just before the break, Angel Di Maria produced a long-range wonder-strike out of nowhere to level the scores.

With the score 2-2, Mbappe got his first goal with a cool finish from a tight angle in the 64th minute, his low shot going under Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani.

Mbappe's first goal came seven minutes later when he snared a loose ball, taking one touch to race past his marker and firing it home with his left foot through Armani's dive.

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Javier Mascherano brought him down and Griezmann crashed the subsequent free kick off the bar but France only had to wait a couple of minutes to open the scoring. But their tying goal did so much damage to us. "We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy ... but we kept fighting".

Both sides went into the game without playing their best in the group games but Argentina had been the poorer of the two sides.

Messi previously stepped away from global duty following Argentina's defeat in the Copa America final to Chile in 2016, having missed a penalty in the shoot-out.

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has announced his retirement from global football after his side's World Cup-ending 4-3 loss to France in the round of 16 on Saturday.

In his time with his country, Mascherano failed to win a major tournament but helped Argentina reach the final of the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas. "It is normal (because) it was the time we were World Cup winners, so that is obviously what they remember".

Uruguay will play France in the last eight in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

One negative for French boss Didier Deschamps was the yellow card picked up by the tireless Blaise Matuidi, which sees him miss the quarter-finals.

Three minutes into the second half and they were ahead, Messi curling a shot hopefully towards Hugo Lloris in the France goal and right back Mercado reacting instinctively to deflect the ball into the net.

"This is very painful, especially because the players have made a huge effort", said Sampaoli, already under pressure after Argentina's stuttering start to the tournament.

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