World Cup wrap, Day 17: France wins thriller against Argentina, as Uruguay beat Portugal
Story of the day
France and Argentina produced a World Cup classic in Kazan, as Didier Deschamps' men advanced to the quarter-finals with a 4-3 victory. Les Bleus took the lead when Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty, but a stunning strike from Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado's goal saw Argentina go 2-1 up.
France fought back around the hour mark, Benjamin Pavard scoring one of the goals of the tournament and Kylian Mbappe striking twice to give the French a 4-2 advantage.
The drama wasn't over there, with Sergio Aguero's stoppage-time header from a brilliant Lionel Messi cross ensuring a nervy finish to the game for France. In the end, though, Argentina didn't have enough quality to avoid elimination after the first knockout round.
Today in 30 seconds
The knockout phase began with a bang as France and Argentina went toe to toe in a high-scoring encounter. Uruguay's 2-1 triumph over Portugal was always likely to feature fewer goals, but it was still an intriguing game to watch between two teams with similar styles of play.
The two victors will now do battle in the quarter-finals. France is looking to win the World Cup for the second time in its history following its maiden triumph in 1998, while Uruguay hasn't lifted the famous trophy for almost 70 years.
Play of the day
France 4-3 Argentina was a game full of brilliant goals, but the pick of the bunch was Pavard's swerving strike to level the scores at 2-2. When Lucas Hernandez's cross evaded a whole host of players in the penalty area, the French right-back latched onto the loose ball and struck a stunning, swerving volley into the top corner of the net from 20 yards.
The technique was magnificent and the goal was made even more special because it came from an unlikely source: Pavard had never previously scored for his country and has only ever found the net twice at club level.
Man of the moment
Even before he scored twice in the second half, Mbappe was a constant thorn in the side of the Argentina defense. It was his run that earned Les Bleus a penalty early on, while his speed and dribbling skills caused problems for his opponents throughout the opening period.
The teenage forward got his name on the scoresheet after the break, creating space for himself in a crowded penalty area and firing a shot under Franco Armani, before rounding off a wonderful team move to make it 4-2 to France. The PSG man was outstanding all game.
The weird and wacky
Iceland and Peru may have been eliminated from the World Cup in the group phase, but the two nations haven't completely left Russia just yet. Numerous Peru supporters, all kitted out in the country's famous kit, were spotted at France's win over Argentina, having clearly bought tickets with the hope that Los Incas would be contesting the tie rather than their former Group C rivals.
There weren't any Iceland fans picked out by the TV cameras in either of Saturday's matches, but there were several renditions of the Viking Clap popularised by the Nordic nation during Uruguay's clash with Portugal. Despite their exits on the field, Peru and Iceland live on at this World Cup.
Two more round of 16 ties take place on Sunday, with the hosts one of four teams in action.
10 a.m. ET, Spain vs. Russia, FS1
2 p.m. ET Croatia vs. Denmark, FS1