Former World Cup winners France and Argentina meet in the first round of 16 match of the 2018 World Cup in a heavyweight encounter brought about by Argentina’s failure to win Group D. verdict: Argentina will rue not topping Group D when they take on France in their last-16 fixture. France topped Group C without looking fully convincing, while Argentina salvaged their place in the second round with a late winner in their final group game. France will take confidence from Argentina’s recent record, however – a run which includes heavy defeats to Spain, Croatia and Nigeria. While unconvincing themselves, they got results when it mattered – and can add to Argentina’s woes.

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