France vs Argentina Live Updates: Messi battles for survival again

Benjamin Pavard puts France level with Argentina
Benjamin Pavard puts France level with Argentina

Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates who narrowly escaped being ousted from the first round of the World Cup against Nigeria are set for a fresh crunch battle.

The World Cup knockout stages get underway as heavyweights France and Argentina go head-to-head at the Kazan Arena.

While Argentina scraped through to the knockout stages finishing as runners-up to Croatia, Les Bleus, came top of Group C after two wins and a draw.

The winner of today’s bout will play either Uruguay or Portugal in the quarter-finals on Friday, July 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for the Live Updates….

Kickoff is 3pm

France Starting XI : Lloris, Hernandez, Umtiti, Varane, Pavard, Kante, Pogba, Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud

Argentina Starting XI: Armani, Mercado, Tagliafico, Mascherano, Rojo, Otamendi, Banega, Di Maria, Perez, Pavon, Messi


France get the game underway


Argentina dominating early proceedings… Ball possession: France: 39%, Argentina: 61%.


Free kick for France in a dangerous position from 25 yards


Pogba… Griezman plan for the kick


CHANCE!! A magnificent strike from Griezmann rattles the cross bar… France almost getting the lead


A penalty for France… The Iranian referee points to the spot


Kylian Mbappe wins the spot-kick after a dashing run into the Argentina box


Marcos Rojo gets a yellow card


GOAL!!!! Griezmann gives France the lead in the 13th minute from the spot

Two goals now for Griezmann at Russia 2018 both coming from the penalty spot


Interestingly, France has never lost once Griezmann scores for them


Argentina win a corner kick at the left flank as they seek to get back into the game


Mbappe brought down again just outside the box this time


The pace of the 19-year old causing lot of problems for the ageing Argentina defenders


Argentina quite lucky as the free kick is just six inches outside the penalty box


Pogba blasts the ball over the wall and the bar… Goal kick to Argentina


SAVE.. Hugo Lloris stops a chance by Argentina


Argentina have enjoyed 69% of the ball possession so far compared to France’s 31%


Mercardo appeals for handball against France Umtiti but referee waves that aside


Giroud fails with his ball control and Argentina makes a quick clearance from their box


So far Lionel Messi has been quiet… too early to say it is over for the Barcelona man


Mbappe unable to dribble past his marker after receiving a good pass from Pogba


FREE KICK .. Mascherano brings down Pogba…


France have never lost in the Round of 16 .. at the last World Cup in Brazil, they beat Nigeria


Giroud and Otamendi in a clash of studs


Messi goes down in the penalty box but no penalty for Argentina


Almost… Giroud jumps high but fails to get the connecting header


GOALLLLL!! Angel de Maria with a stunning goal

This is Di Maria’s second ever World Cup goal


France 1-1 Argentina

Mascherano gets a yellow card .. He would miss the quarter-final if Argentina progress


Two minuted added time


Argentina pass from the center circle as we resume for the second half


Bright start by the Argentines


Great skill from Angel Di Maria as he dribbles past his opponents


GOAL…. Argentina in front

Mercado is the goal scorer


Kante hacked down as he surges forward to help France… Free kick for Les Bleu


CHANCE… mistake by Argentina defender and Griezmann almost makes the most of it


GOALLLL!! Pavard puts France level

The right-back spins in the ball… maiden goal for Pavard


GOALLLL !! Mbappe gets his name on the scorers’ sheet

Anguish for Messi and Co.


Argentina SuB: Kun Aguero comes in for Enzo Perez


Another goal for Mbappe

France in control


70′ Mins Argentina 2- 4 France


Side netting by Giroud as France look to extend their lead


French man Matuidi gets a yellow card and misses the next match


Pavard also get a yellow card


France Sub Blaise Matuidi replaced by Corentin Tolisso


Di Maria tries to lob the ball into the France box but cleared


Fekir in for Griezmann


Messi tries a shot from close range but the ball goes straight into Lloris hands


Aguero with his chance also but also blocked


Free kick by Argentina easily cut out


Mbappe finally takes his leave as Thauvin comes in


Four minutes added time


GOAL!! Aguero pulls one back

Otamendi and Giroud get yellow cards


Nearly but all over


Full-Time: Argentina 3-4 France

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