By Izuchukwu Okosi
France will play the winner between Uruguay and Portugal in the second quarterfinals match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 4-3 defeat of Argentina on Saturday evening. .
France went in front with a 13th minute penalty scored by Antoine Griezmann after Kylian Mbappe was brought down.
Argentina however equalised in the 41st minute through Angel Di Maria who let fly an unstoppable pile drive.
A deflected Gabriel Mercado goal off an effort by Lionel Messi saw the South Americans go 2-1 up in the 48th minute.
A poor pass by Federico Fazio almost gifted a prowling Griezmann a goal but it didn’t take long before France restored parity with young right back Benjamin Pavard unleashing a powerful to the top left corner in the 57th minute.
Mbappe scored France’s third of the evening with a swift left footed shot seven minutes later that went through the midriff of goalkeeper Franco Armani.
Three goals became four for Le Blues and a brace for Mbappe who ran onto a great Olivier Giroud pass to have the score read 4-2 just four minutes after his earlier strike.
Giroud hit the side net two minutes later but the game did not witness another goal until the added time as Sergio Aguero headed home a cross from the right wing. It read France 4-3 Argentina.
The round of 16 classic ended that way and Messi’s hopes of winning the FIFA World Cup continues to look bleak.