The moment of truth has arrived, we enter the decisive phase of the tournament and the first game of the Knockout stages is a thrilling France vs Argentina.
During the group stage we have not seen any of the two teams perform as they’re supposed to, only at certain moments we could see flashes of what they can really offer.
After winning their first 2 games, France reached the third day of the group stage already classified and that allowed them to better manage the rest of his players. In the other hand Argentina had to fight until the last minute for a position in the last 16, and the general feeling is that the French start as favorites to go through.
Ever Banega is likely to start after being the key man in the midfield for the Argentinians vs Nigeria. Marcos Rojo has probably earned a place in the XI for the next 5 years after his late winner, and football fans are expecting Dybala to sneak in the starting lineup.
France will surely line up Samuel Umtiti and Varane in defense, and Pogba, Mbappe and Hugo Lloris will return to the starting XI after his rest vs Denmark.
France vs Argentina H2H last 4 games
|11/02/2009||FRI||France||0 – 2||Argentina|
|07/02/2007||FRI||France||0 – 1||Argentina|
|06/06/1978||WOC||Argentina||2 – 1||France|
|15/07/1930||WOC||Argentina||1 – 0||France|