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World Cup - Round of 16 - France vs Argentina

French prodigy Mbappe continues his steady rise

At 19, Kylian Mbappe has already achieved something neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have ever managed to do by scoring in a World Cup knockout game, triggering some big comparisons as Les Bleus beat Argentina 4-3 to reach the last eight on Saturday.

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Argentina defeat marks end of an era for two-time champs

Argentinian headlines may have been dominated by the enigma that is Lionel Messi, tactical turmoil in the team and the Messianic Maradona in the background - but all that is history now as elimination by France spells the end of an era for the two-time champions.

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I tried everything to get best out of Messi - Sampaoli

Despite trying everything in the book, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said he was unable to bring out the best in talisman Lionel Messi whose last chance for World Cup glory almost certainly ended with Saturday's defeat to France.

World Cup - Round of 16 - France vs Argentina

Magnificent Mbappe leaves Messi in his wake

The notion of a supremely talented number 10 carrying an entire team on his back through to the World Cup quarter-finals figured heavily ahead of France's game with Argentina, but it was Kylian Mbappe -- and not Lionel Messi -- who made the difference on Saturday.

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Messi planning could hurt France

Didier Deschamps may be tempted to execute a "no Messi, no Argentina" strategy when preparing for Saturday's round of 16 clash but the France manager must also be mindful of getting the most out of his own marquee players.

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Honda to close UK car plant as Brexit looms

Honda will close its only British car plant in 2021 with the loss of up to 3,500 jobs, a major departure of Japanese investment announced just over a month before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.