10 things we loved on day 17: Mbappe, Pavard, Cavani & more

Quick Reads

The knockout phase of the 2018 World Cup got off to a thunderous start as wins for France and Uruguay saw both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exit the tournament.

One of the most memorable games in World Cup history was played out as Les Bleus defeated Messi’s Argentina by four goals to three, with Kylian Mbappe earning endless praise from his performance.

The game saw some exceptional goals too, while Belgium made a bit of a hash of a simple tweet, and there’s yet another reason why Gareth Southgate is bringing football home.

Benjamin Pavard

We didn’t know where to start with the sheer quality of goals in the France-Argentina match, but this is a thing of pure beauty from the full-back.

Kylian Mbappe

A deserved man of the match award, and a brace which puts him in esteemed company.


Aside from that wonderful goal by Pavard, and the individual brilliance Mbappe displayed, the French team finally showed what they’re all about with their excellently crafted fourth goal.

Angel Di Maria

But not to forget, Di Maria pulled this out of absolutely nowhere to equalise for Argentina, scoring the furthest-out goal at the World Cup so far (30.2 yards).

Edinson Cavani

Meanwhile, in the other game, that pass…


Did you notice? Five of the 10 goals scored on Saturday were netted by PSG players.

The best

It really is sad that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi don’t have better international team-mates.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ok, maybe part of him was hurrying the game off, but the good in us thinks there was a moment where Ronaldo genuinely felt for his opponent, whose participation in Uruguay’s quarter final looks in doubt.


Apparently, Adnan Januzaj can’t wait to come up against WWE wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura in the last 16.


We all know it’s coming home.

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