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Five Things We Learned As Mbappe And France Barged Past Argentina

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 30: Antoine Griezmann of France celebrates victory with teammate Presnel Kimpembe following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between France and Argentina at Kazan Arena on June 30, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

France booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon with 4-3 win in what was an eventful clash in Kazan. Les Bleus became the first side into the last eight in a highly entertaining match, full of drama, brilliant goals and defending that was concerning to the point of negligent. Argentina may leave with a few regrets, …

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France Send Argentina Home In A Seven-Goal World Cup Classic In Kazan

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 30: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between France and Argentina at Kazan Arena on June 30, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

France finally showed their title credentials at this World Cup with a rousing 4-3 victory over Argentina in Kazan. Les Bleus were the favourites going into this encounter against a seriously disjointed Argentina side, but had to be wary of a rejuvenation in Jorge Sampaoli’s side after they clawed their way into the last 16 with victory over Nigeria in midweek. …

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Messi And Ronaldo Take Centre Stage As World Cup Enters Knockouts

The world’s two greatest players roar into the knockout stage of the World Cup on Saturday, with Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal targeting a place in the quarter-finals. Argentina, the beaten finalists four years ago, escaped by the skin of their teeth after a ragged group phase and will rely heavily on Messi when their ageing team face …

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Diego Maradona Offers Reward Over ‘Death’ Report

Diego Maradona has offered a $10,000 reward to identify the source of reports he had died after Argentina’s World Cup match against Nigeria, his lawyer said Thursday. Maradona found himself on the receiving end of much attention following his animated response to Argentina’s narrow victory over Nigeria that saw them escape their group last Thursday. Reports that Maradona had died …

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Ronaldo V Messi: Why One Is Soaring While The Other Is Sinking

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It may have taken a while, but the most pointless, facile (and often petulant) debate in football has now reached the world’s biggest international competition. It’s Ronaldo v Messi: World Cup Edition. Lionel Messi is taking an inordinate amount of flak for Argentina’s dismal World Cup thus far, but in many ways, the narrative was set before he’d even kicked …

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Three Things We Learned From World Cup Day Eight

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Luka Modric of Croatia reacts as Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny NovgorodStadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Argentina are facing a humiliating first-round exit after a 3-0 mauling by Croatia which leaves Lionel Messi’s dream of finally lifting a major title in jeopardy. Inspired by midfield masterclasses from Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia joined France in sealing their place in the last 16 on Thursday after Les Bleus saw off a spirited Peru 1-0. Denmark remain …

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