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RUSSIA 2018: THE STORY BETWEEN ARGENTINA AND FRANCE AS THEY CLASH AT THE KNOCKOUT STAGE

The Round of 16 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup starts on Saturday with two mouth watering encounters.

Argentina who placed second in Group D takes on France who also topped Group C.

The kickoff time for the first knockout game is 14:00 GMT. Venue is the Kazan Arena

Uruguay would also welcome Portugal in the other knockout game to be played on Saturday. They will clash at 18:00 GMT at the Fisht Stadium, Sochi.

France and Argentina

The Blues will clash with the Albicelestes for the third time in a FIFA World Cup.

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They first met in the first ever FIFA World Cup; 1930 where Argentina won 1-0 and then in 1978 when Argentina were hosts. The South Americans won 2-1 before clinching the title. They also finished second in the 1930 edition after beating the French.

France and Argentina will be facing each other for the 12th time in history today. The European side have won just twice against the South Americans. The worst thing for the French is that they have not managed to score in 8 of the last 11 encounters.

However, France are currently unbeaten in their last 8 games vs CONMEBOL opponents and will be looking to continue that run. They have won 4 and drawn 4 of those games.

Adding to that, France have lost just one of their last 11 knockout stage games (excluding penalties) at the World Cup! They have won 8 and drawn 2 of those games and the only defeat was the 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2014 quarter-finals.

Argentina’s road to the knockout stages was far from comfortable as they started off their campaign against Iceland in a lacklustre draw that saw Lionel Messi missing another penalty kick as well as being manhandled by the Icelandic players after a Sergio Aguero goal had given Argentina the lead. The lead only lasted for 4 minutes as Iceland drew level as Alfred Finnbogason scored for Iceland resulting in the match ending 1-1.

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France would need to rely on the youthful exuberance of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbampe and Ousamane Dembele on the flanks to counter the experience of Argentina.   Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero would apply the experience they have gathered from 2010 World Cup.

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