How did France and Argentina get to the knockouts?
France may have remained undefeated throughout the World Cup group stages but one of the pre-tournament favourites struggled to show their quality against inferior opposition. Their final game of the group against Denmark was the first 0-0 of the World Cup, and the dour affair has led to many fans questioning whether this team genuinely have a chance of winning the trophy.
Argentina looked almost dead and buried after a draw with Iceland and a humbling by Croatia, but a dramatic win against Nigeria saw them squeak through into the knockout stages.
Who are the players to look out for?
Kylian Mbappe has been one of the sole bright sparks for the French. His goal won them the game against Peru and he seemed the sole player trying to makes something happen against Denmark.
For Argentina, it’s the obvious choice but, you can’t look past Lionel Messi. He’s not been at his best this summer but he showed his brilliance with a moment of quality against Nigeria.
Who’s the top scorer for each team?
France’s top scorer is tied between Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, both currently on a single goal.
Argentina’s top scorer is a three-way contest between Lionel Messi, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Aguero, each with one goal to their name.
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