Kazan, June 30: Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four second-half minutes to send France into the FIFA 2018 World Cup quarterfinals in Russia with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina at the Kazan Arena.
The explosive 19-year-old netted France's third goal in the 64th minute and sealed the win four minutes later with a cool finish to enter the last-eight.
Benjamin Pavard also netted a fine strike for France after Antoine Griezmann's 13th minute penalty had opened the scoring.
Argentina's goals came from Angel Di Maria, who unleashed a stunning long-range strike in the 41st minute to draw them level at 1-1, before Gabriel Mercado put them ahead after the break.
France qualified comfortably, if not convincingly, top of Group C, while Argentina scraped through Group D and both sides had remarkable offensive qualities, showed their full potential.
Messi, however, is the kind of player who could have made the difference at any time and Les Bleus were well aware of that.
But it looks as though he has played his last World Cup.