Didier Deschamps’ French side went into today’s first last 16 game as favourites following their comfortable passage through a group with Peru, Australia and Denmark.
Their opponents Argentina on the other hand really struggled in the group phase, drawing their opening match 1-1 with Iceland before losing 3-0 to Croatia in their second.
Thankfully for Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina were able to beat Nigeria 2-1 in their final game to book a place in the last 16 against France.
But the first half of their tie in Kazan today shows why France are favourites to go through and Argentina look like a side in serious turmoil.
Mbappe has been the player of the game so far and it was his ridiculous pace that punished the Argentines early on:
Mbappe humillando rivales. pic.twitter.com/qTM24c081q
— Humo Escarlata. (@HumoEscarlata2) June 30, 2018
Antoine Griezmann was on hand to fire home to give France the lead – and you have to worry for Argentina now.