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FIFA World Cup 2018: Didier Deschamps salutes ‘great’ performance from France against Argentina

Kylian Mbappe struck twice and earned another goal as France finally found their attacking edge to beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 4-3 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday.

football Updated: Jun 30, 2018 23:49 IST
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Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France beat Argentina in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 encounter on Saturday.(AP)

Coach Didier Deschamps said France had responded to their critics with a “great” performance to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 4-3 win over Argentina today.

France struggled to convince during the group stage of the tournament in Russia and Deschamps said he was happy they had finally lived up to expectations.

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“We had to respond (to the critics) and we responded well,” he said.

“Criticism is always there. But there is truth on the pitch and (the response) came through a strong and quality performance which we delivered tonight. We made Argentina suffer.”

“It was a great fixture and a great match,” he told TF1.

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“There were mistakes, obviously. We started badly at 2-1 down but we knew what we needed to do. We could have kept things a bit simpler near the end of the game, though.

“There was a lot of emotion. I am happy for the players who went out to get this qualification for the quarter-finals.

“As I told them before the game, we have been preparing for months, for weeks to play matches like that.”

First Published: Jun 30, 2018 22:33 IST

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