The phoney war of the group stage is over and now the knockout action begins in Russia with a mouthwatering clash between two of the pre-tournament favourites.
France take on Argentina in Kazan, with both arriving at the last 16 stage in wildly different circumstances.
Didier Deschamps’ side have yet to hit the heights expected of them at these finals, but they’ve made their way to the second round with minimal fuss, easing through a group containing Australia, Peru and Denmark.
Argentina, in stark contrast, were held by Iceland, thrashed by Croatia, and then came within minutes of the exit against Nigeria, before Marcos Rojo’s late volley put them through at the African side’s expense.
Lionel Messi will lead the South Americans’ charge after his stunning goal last time out helped breath new life into Jorge Sampaoli’s men, while France’s main man, Antoine Griezmann, will look to make an impact after three disappointing displays so far.
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