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France was a slight favorite to defeat Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on Saturday, June 30, and they justified that role with a 4-3 victory in an exciting tilt with a couple of turnarounds. The Blues covered the -0.5 spread, while the game went well over 2.5 goals. Didier Deschamps’ side secured their place to the quarter-finals and will face Uruguay or Portugal in the next round, while Argentina is eliminated after an unimpressive performance at the World Cup.
France was a better team in the opening 15 minutes and after Antoine Griezmann’s crossbar from the free-kick in the 9th minute, the Blues took a lead in the 13th minute. Kylian Mbappe was too fast for Marcos Rojo who unnecessarily took him down in the box, and Griezmann scored his second game of the tournament with a cool finish from the spot. The Albiceleste responded in the 41st minute when France defense let Angel Di Maria alone at some 25 yards from the goal, and the PSG man unleashed a fabulous shot from long range to tie the score as Hugo Lloris had no chance to save it. That bomb-goal helped the punters who backed BTTS at +114 to make the profit, but that wasn’t all as we witnesses even more exciting second 45 minutes.
Only three minutes into the second half, Leo Messi’s shot was deflected off Gabriel Mercado, who was cunning and lucky enough to change the direction of the ball and trick Lloris to make it 2-1 to Argentina and send the game to over 2.5 goals at +145. The French didn’t get nervous but continued with the attacks and in the 57th minute, the right-back Benjamin Pavard fired the half-volley from the edge of the box and Franco Armani could do nothing to prevent it from entering the net – it was one of the prettiest goals at the World Cup.
Seven minutes later, the man of the match Mbappe was quickest to react to the rebound and stabbed the ball into the back of the net to give another lead to France, while the same player doubled the lead only four minutes later to make it 4-2. The Albiceleste tried to score a quick goal, but they only managed to soften the defeat through Sergio Aguero who scored with an excellent header in the 93rd minute to set the final score 4-3. France made it to the quarter-finals and all who bet on the Blues to win at +145 were happy with the outcome.
France’s chances to win the World Cup are +400, which means that they are still considered as one of the biggest favorites to lift the trophy, while the Blues are +200 to make it to the finals.