Fifa World Cup - Russia 2018

HT France 1 – 1 Argentina #WorldCup

Argentina are not happy after Matuidi fouled Messi. It could be a regular happening tonight given that stifling Messi effectively means stifling Argentina.

OFF THE BAR!! France get a freekick on the edge of the area and Griezmann curls one in which beat the goalkeeper but it bounces off the crossbar.

Di Maria

PENALTY! That was some run from Mbappe. He got the ball in his own half and went tearing down the pitch, blazing past all and Rojo had to pull him back inside the area. GRIEZMANN! Puts it away with ease. Ice-cool nerves to stroke it down the middle. France lead!

Mbappe is wreaking havoc among the Argentine defence. A raking pass from Pogba sees his hurtle down the pitch again only for Tagliafico to bring him down. Pogba steps up for the freekick but sends it well over. Another yellow card.

Argentina is clueless in attack right now. France is very comfortable and is picking their moments to attack. Messi as a false nine is just not working so far. Argentina lacks a focal point and once he drops deep, there is no presence in the penalty box.

Angel Di Mariaaaaaa!! He brushes off all the criticism on him with a sensational strike from 25 yards out. He was given space by France and the PSG winger unleashed a spectacular strike that nestled in the bottom corner. Out of nowhere.

The whistle blows and the Argentina fans keep singing. It’s been a difficult half for their team, but they’re happy now! France started superbly, taking the lead through Antoine Griezmann’s penalty, and for a while, it seemed that they were going to destroy Argentina. Then Colin Livingstone Angel Di Maria scored one of the goals of the tournament. The second half is going to be something else.

Source: News365coza

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