Wonderful Mbappe stars as France beat Argentina
Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored twice in a remarkable performance as France beat Argentina in a thrilling match to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
Antoine Griezmann had already hit the crossbar with a free-kick when he slotted home his second penalty of the tournament to put France ahead after 19-year-old Mbappe was hauled down by Marcos Rojo.
Argentina equalised through Angel di Maria’s sublime 30-yard equaliser, and Gabriel Mercado’s deflected finish put the South Americans ahead for the first time.
Benjamin Pavard’s arrowed strike from outside the penalty area made it 2-2 before Mbappe became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958.
He restored France’s lead with an angled finish from eight yards, and four minutes later netted the first-time shot as the 1998 winners reached the last eight.
Substitute Sergio Aguero headed a stoppage-time consolation for Argentina but they could not force a late equaliser.
France will next face either Portugal or Uruguay, who play later.