PSG’ attackers Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani struck twice to send world’s best footballers, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi out of the world cup as France defeated Argentina 3 goals to 1 and Uruguay beats Portugal by 2 goals to 1.
Mbappe and earned another goal as France moves into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
The match earlier billed as Messi’s chance to reignite stuttering Argentina’s hopes, the thrilling last-16 clash in Kazan instead saw 19-year-old PSG star Mbappe grab the limelight as he became the youngest player since Pele in 1958 to score two goals in a World Cup match.
Embattled Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had promised an “aggressive, attacking” approach from his side but they couldn’t live up to expectation and have now been eliminated from the tournament.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute winner to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday.
Cavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle of attrition many predicted.