Mbappe is a Rising Star

The teenager has done it again! Won a penalty in the first half and scored another two goals of his own, the French forward is the brightest star on the pitch shadowing Argentina’s star player, Lionel Messi. His most telling contributions have made him the first teenager since Pele to score twice in the World Cup knock-out game.

Kylian Mbappe scores twice as France fight back and crush Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream.

France definitely save the best for later. Their match against Argentina yesterday showed they were on defensive mode all this while saving their energy for a fiercer game as they had in the round of 16. The intensity peaked immediately when Griezmann rolled the ball down the middle for a penalty after 13 minutes into the game giving France a great head start. However, France were not given a chance to relax as Di Maria managed to score an equalizer for Argentina before half time.

Di Maria threatens France with an equalizer before half time.

Once again, France was threatened when Argentina had the table turned and scored their second goal 3 minutes into the second half. But it was not long before Pavard beautifully swerved the ball far into the corner and scored the most satisfying goal for France in the World Cup. France refused to back down and Argentina had gone from deflation to elation and back to deflation.

Benjamin Pavard celebrates after brings France 2-2 against Argentina

Although Aguero’s header in the injury time gave a small hope for Argentina as they frantically fought for an equalizer but thanks to Mbappe’s earlier low shots, the Bleus team now is marching to quarterfinals waiting for Uruguay or Portugal.

Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid. France did start slow but if they could keep their performance steady and perhaps improve their communication and passing, they might go all the way and redeem what they could have had in Euro two years ago.

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