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France Vs Argentina Live Stream June 30 2018 Kick 14:00 GMT

In a game that both of these heavyweights perhaps wouldn’t have wanted, France face Argentina in the round-of-16 in Kazan to kick off the knockout phase of the 2018 World Cup.

After winning their first two group games by single-goal margins, France were able to coast in their final game against Denmark (0-0) having already qualified.

That draw last time out was ‘Les Blues’ seventh game overall unbeaten (W5, D2), part of a broader run of one defeat in 15 (W10, D4, L1). Those 15 games have seen them concede just 12 goals and keep seven clean sheets.

Argentina were made to sweat to get to this stage. After a draw and a loss, Argentina were made to wait until an 86th minute winner against Nigeria (2-1) in their final group game to book their progression.

The struggle Argentina faced in their group is indicative of their recent form which has seen them win just three of their last seven (W3, D1, L3) and concede 15 goals!

Despite the rich history of these two nations at WC finals (France 15/21 tournaments, Argentina 17/21), they have met just twice with Argentina winning both (1930, 1978).

Overall the sides have met ten times, with Argentina registering six wins to one with three 0-0 draws.

Lionel Messi‘s goal against Nigeria ended 662 minutes without a World Cup finals goal – will that spark an avalanche?

Antoine Griezmann has just one goal this World Cup and is surely capable of better.

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