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World Cup 2018: 5 best and worst players from the game - France 4-3 Argentina

Nived Zenith
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4.96K   //    30 Jun 2018, 22:54 IST

France became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals with an enticing win
France became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals with an enticing win

France edged out Argentina in what was probably the best game of the tournament so far, with a 4-3 margin to secure their qualification to the Quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup. The encounter proved to be an enticing one, and Les Bleus prevailed over their counterparts after a roller-coaster of a game at the Kazan Arena.

Didier Deschamps' men took the lead as early as in the 13th minute after referee Alireza Faghani awarded a penalty following a challenge from Marcos Rojo on Kylian Mbappe. Antoine Griezmann shouldered the responsibility of converting the penalty and he made no mistake from 12 yards out to break the deadlock.

However, La Albiceleste were granted a life-line when Angel Di Maria restored parity between the sides in the 41st minute with a sumptuous strike from 30 yards out.

The second half witnessed more drama as Argentina took the lead after Lionel Messi's shot on goal took a wicked deflection off Gabriel Mercado to completely wrong-foot Hugo Lloris on it's way to the back of the net.

Despite going behind, France continued to push forward and Benjamin Pavard equalized for Les Bleus in the 57th minute, just nine minutes after Jorge Sampaoli's men had taken the lead.

France produced one of the best attacking spells we have witnessed so far in the tournament just after the hour mark, and teenage sensation Mbappe scored twice in the space of four minutes to establish a two goal advantage over their opponents.

Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench, pulled a goal back in stoppage time for Argentina but it was a little too late to mount a comeback as France held on to become the first team to qualify for the last eight of the competition.

Without further delay, let's take a closer look at the best and worst performers from this compelling encounter in Kazan.


#5 Best - Antoine Griezmann (France)

Griezmann opened the scoring for France
Griezmann opened the scoring for France

It is safe to say that Antoine Griezmann went out today and gave his one-hundred percent best to help his country edge past Argentina.

The striker was deployed just behind Olivier Giroud by Didier Deschamps, and he drifted all around the final-third to conjure some inspiring link-up play.

Griezmann made no mistake from the penalty spot as well, and sent Franco Armani the wrong way to open the scoring for France with a composed penalty. However, the element that stood out significantly in his performance was the willingness and desire he showed to track back and win the ball back for his side.

The Atletico Madrid striker was seen deep in his own half at a few instances, and even dispossessed Lionel Messi in a bid to try and secure the lead.

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An aspiring sports journalist who likes to live life on the edge. Avid reader and a life-long Chelsea fan :)
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