- Argentina cae derrotado aunte un equipo francés que fue muy superior - EFE
France eliminated Argentina 4-3 on Saturday from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in a match that saw France forward Kylian Mbappe put his considerable talents to use, scoring two goals and leading Les Blues to become the first team to reach the quarterfinals in Russia.
Didier Deschamps' relatively young squad, accused by many of lacking experience, responded to the challenge and deservedly beat an Argentinean side lacking in ideas or play, one that proved far too reliant on superstar forward Lionel Messi, who failed to score.
In selecting Argentina's lineup, coach Jorge Sampaoli opted for what worked in the last game, keeping Franco Armani at the goal and giving the left wing to Ever Banega, Messi's best partner.
But Sampaoli surprised many observers by replacing forward Gonzalo Higuain with Cristian Pavon, who took one side while Angel Di Maria took the other as Messi led the attack.
Meanwhile, Les Bleus repeated the lineup that won against Peru, with Olivier Giroud at the front, Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann supporting him and Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi holding the midfield.
France opened the scoring when Griezmann was awarded a penalty 13 minutes into the game and successfully found the back of Argentina's net.
After that, Les Bleus played comfortably for most of the first half, until Di Maria rescued Argentina with a goal in the 41st minute.
Three minutes into the second half, Argentina's Gabriel Mercado delivered a pass from Messi into France's goal.
The Albiceleste finally had the advantage, but it only lasted for nine minutes until being cut short by Benjamin Pavard's equalizer.
This was not enough for France, and definitely not enough for Mbappe.
The talented 19-year-old hit Argentina hard, once at the 64th minute and again four minutes later, giving Les Bleus a 4-2 advantage.
The game's rhythm fell from then on, with France knowing they had already won and Argentina seeing they had reached the end of their World Cup journey.
A goal from Sergio Aguero in the 93rd minute gave a morale boost to the Argentine crowds, but it was too late to score more, and with that, France is in the quarterfinals.