FRANCE V ARGENTINA
- Kylian Mbappe, 19 years, 193 days, is just the second teenager to have scored more than one goal in a World Cup knockout match, emulating Pele’s feat at the 1958 World Cup
- In all, Mbappe joins Pele and four other teenagers with multiple goals in one World Cup. Michael Owen (for England in 1998), José Altafini (for Brazil in 1958), Edmund Conen (for Germany in 1934), and Manuel Rosas (for Mexico in 1930)
- Lionel Messi is yet to score from eight knockout games in World Cup
- His 23 shots in these matches without scoring are the second highest since 1966, behind Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos, who had 29
- His fifth World Cup assist in the match made him only the third player alongside Thomas Muller and Diego Maradona to have registered five goals and five assists over the last 10 World Cups
- France’s 4-3 win over Argentina provided the first World Cup knockout match in 32 years where both teams scored three or more goals
- Javier Mascherano picked up his seventh yellow card of the World Cup against France, the most by one player in the history of the tournament since cards were introduced in the 1970 edition
- He also announced his retirement after his 147th cap for Argentina, a record for his country
- Antoine Griezmann’s penalty was the 19th successful conversion of a record 25 spot kicks at these finals
- Didier Deschamps became the longest-serving coach in the history of the French national team
France eliminated Argentina from the 2018 World Cup and progressed to the quarter-finals after a stunning 4-3 victory in Kazan.
Antoine Griezmann converted a 13th-minute penalty but Angel Di Maria levelled with a 41st-minute long-range stunner. Argentina took a 2-1 lead minutes after the restart when Gabriel Mercado clipped Lionel Messi’s low curling shot past Hugo Lloris.
Defender Benjamin Pavard’s stunning half-volley levelled for France on 57 minutes and as Argentina lost hope, Kylian Mbappe struck in the 64th and 68th minute to seal France’s place in the last eight.
URUGUAY V PORTUGAL
- Cristiano Ronaldo has now played six knockout matches in World Cup history without scoring a goal
- This is the first time that Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both eliminated from the same competition on the same day
- Uruguay conceded their first goal in 2018, and the first in 598 minutes in international football
- Pepe became the oldest player for Portugal to have scored a World Cup goal at the age of 35 years, 124 days
Uruguay made it to the World Cup quarter-finals for the second time in the last three occasions after Edinson Cavani’s brilliant double saw them edge to a 2-1 win over Portugal in Sochi.
Cavani his side a dream start when he got on the end of Luis Suarez’s cross. Replays show that the ball actually struck the PSG man’s face en route to the net.
The two-time world champions will play France in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Spain v Russia (3pm)
Croatia v Denmark (7pm)