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The Wall Street Journal: France beats Argentina in World Cup as Messi faces reckoning

KAZAN, Russia—On the day the World Cup bid farewell to the greatest player in the world, it didn’t have to look a ways for a possible successor. He was once right there on the identical box as Lionel Messi, doing Lionel Messi things—simplest faster and in French.

His title is Kylian Mbappé. He’s 19 years outdated. And he’s going to be around for a while.

In probably the most all-time great coming-out performances at a World Cup, Mbappé scored a pair of decisive targets, terrorized Argentina’s protection and despatched France into the quarterfinals with a 4-Three victory. More than that, Mbappé signaled that once the time comes for Argentina’s Messi to pass the torch, the Parisian child with a turbo engine was once ready to sprint away with it.

The final youngster to score twice in a World Cup recreation? A Brazilian named Pelé in the 1958 final. Mbappé is so young that he doesn’t be mindful the final time France received the World Cup in 1998. He was once born five months after the match.

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