After a dramatic day of opening knockout action, we are two superstars down and have our first Quarter Final confirmed

Here is the round-up of today’s action. 

 

France 4-3 Argentina

World Cup - Round of 16 - France vs Argentina

Kylian Mbappe’s brace helped France reach their second consecutive World Cup Quarter Final. (Reuters)

A Kylian Mbappe brace saw France emerge victorious over Argentina in a seven goal thriller. 

Antoine Griezmann nearly had Les Bleus ahead seven minutes in but found crossbar from a free kick, after Mbappe was fouled by Javier Mascherano in what proved to be a memorable match for the youngster. 

Minutes later, Mbappe was back causing problems as he led a France counter attack only to be brought down in the box for a penalty. 

Griezmann calmly stepped up to slot it past Franco Armani to hand France the lead 13 minutes in. 

Both sides then had chances for much of opening half till a spectacular 30 yard volley by Angel Di Maria made it 1-1 at break. 

Half Time: France 1-1 Argentina

Once back out, Benjamin Pavard swiftly handed Argentina a set piece after tugging Di Maria. 

Ever Banega’s delivery found Lionel Messi who bent it to Gabriel Mercado and the Sevilla defender side flicked it past Hugo Lloris to put Argentina in front, having been behind initially. 

They were only in front for ten minutes before a 11 minute French assault commenced from a Benjamin Pavard volley in 57th minute. 

Seven minutes later, Luis Hernandez put in a cross with ball eventually finding Mbappe after a mild scramble, who fired into goal via a slight Armani deflection.

That wasn’t the end of things as France effectively sealed their place in the last eight after a Blaise Matuidi pass to Oliver Giroud was sent towards Mbappe and he blasted it into the bottom left to make it 4-2 with just over 20 minutes left. 

That goal made the soon to be PSG star the youngest teenager to score two goals in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958.

Both teams then had chances to score before Argentina sub, Sergio Aguero headed home a Lionel Messi cross deep into injury time. 

Eventually, it wasn’t enough as France ran out 4-3 winners and will face Uruguay in Quarter Final, after the South Americans beat Portugal. 

 

Uruguay 2-1 Portugal

World Cup - Round of 16 - Uruguay vs Portugal

Edinson Cavani helped Uruguay to see off Portugal and book their place in last eight. (Reuters)

Edinson Cavani put Uruguay through to their second Quarter Final in three World Cups, after bagging a brace and limping out injured. 

His first came from a Luis Suarez cross to the back post where he simply headed it into top corner. 

Uruguay ultimately had the better chances of first half and could of extended their lead in 22nd minute from a Suarez free kick. 

Jose Fonte fouled the Barcelona man, who then rolled his free kick through the wall towards bottom right only for Rui Patricio to punch it clear on the line. 

Half Time: Uruguay 1-0 Portugal

Both sides came out fighting at start of second half for that crucial second goal and Portugal got it from an unmarked Pepe header in 55th minute to equalise things.

That however was short-lived when Uruguay attack seven minutes later found Cavani who curled a beauty home into the right hand corner past a powerless Rui Patricio.

Portugal then set about trying to find another equaliser but their closest chance came in 70th minute when Uruguay Goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera dropped the ball in box and Bernardo Silva could only rifle over the bar. 

In end, Uruguay held out for victory and a meeting with France on Friday despite Cavani limping out late on with a possible hamstring injury. 

 

Facts

  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have crashed out of the World Cup on same day and are both yet to score a goal in a World Cup knockout match.
  • Benjamin Pavard’s goal was his first for France in nine appearances. 
  • The last time Uruguay won four consecutive World Cup matches, they went on to win tournament. That was in 1930 when only four matches were played to become champions. 

 

 

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