Two of the World Cup’s heavyweights meet in the first game of the knockout stages on Saturday as France and Argentina go toe to toe.
France’s passage to the last-16 of the competition was serene, while Argentina needed a late Marcos Rojo goal against Nigeria to send them through after a dramatic group stage.
France has not conceded a goal in their last seven World Cup matches (757 minutes) against the South American opposition. The last man from this continent to score against Les Bleus was Brazil’s Careca back in 1986.
France: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele; Olivier Giroud.
Argentina: Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Roja, Nicolas Tagliafico; Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain.