Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina.
The 19-year-old forward’s electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a quarter-final date with Portugal or Uruguay, who play later on Saturday.
While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina’s Angel Di Maria and France fullback Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes.
Di Maria’s goal cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s early penalty to put Argentina on equal terms just before the break, while Pavard’s in the 57th minute levelled up the scores at 2-2 after Argentina had gone ahead through Gabriel Mercado.
Mbappe, the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match, then took over to send Argentina slumping out of the finals before the quarter-final round for the first time since 2002.
Twice-champions Argentina got a consolation through substitute striker Sergio Aguero in added time, but they simply could not cope with Mbappe’s pace from his first surge towards the box after nine minutes.