World Cup roundup: Mbappe lifts France
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a five-minute span to lead France over Argentina, 4-3, Saturday and into the World Cup quarterfinals.
The loss could be the end of Lionel Messi’s international career.
Mbappe, a constant threat to Argentina’s creaking defense with his speed and skill, was at the heart of France’s often-breathtaking display, particularly in the middle part of the second half.
With the score even at 2-2, the 19-year-old Mbappe got his first goal with a cool finish from a tight angle in the 64th minute, his low shot going under Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani.
URUGUAY 2, PORTUGAL 1
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo none, giving Uruguay a victory.
On the same day Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the “greatest of all time.”
Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.
There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.