France vs Argentina Today’s Soccer Prediction
The “Gauchos” finished third behind Croatia, who had already booked their first knockout round, and Nigeria, which had one point more than the South Americans.
In the direct duel with the Africans it was about the rise in the round of the last 16. It was a very balanced game. After a magnificent opening goal by superstar Lionel Messi, the “Super Eagles” scored the equalizer in the second half by penalties.Only four minutes before the end Marcos Rojo released last year’s finalist and shot Argentina still in second place.Thus the “gauchos” survived the group stage for the fourth time in a row. Only once since 1974 there was a preliminary round-out of the Argentine. At the 2002 World Cup in Japan & South Korea, it was only enough for third place behind Sweden and England.The relief over the remote debacle was obviously great. “We did not think we would have to suffer so much. It was a difficult situation, there was a lot at stake. The greater was the salvation, “said Lionel Messi after the game.Thus, the South American handed a single victory to move into the second round. In the last three World Cups only three teams, who celebrated only one victory in the group stage, managed to survive the subsequent round.Four years before, only one team managed to improve, but later on in the tournament, it was not until they lost on penalties to the World Cup: France. Perhaps a good omen for Argentina.After the bumpy World Cup start – much like the “Tricolore” at the 2006 World Cup – could have fallen much pressure from the shoulders of the players. Now that the final round has been reached, it is time to get back on track and win.
Should the French succeed again to survive the round of the last 16, then it could come in the following round to a new edition of the last European Championship final – insofar as Portugal knows how to prevail against Uruguay.
Even then, France had chances en masse and should have closed the bag earlier, but failed too often on the pole and goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Thus, in the quarter-finals, there would be a great chance for a revenge for the final defeat.But to make it there at all, it is first to beat the Argentines. At this they met at World Championships only twice. In the group stage of the 1978 World Cup (2: 1), when the South Americans were world champions and at the first World Cup ever in 1930.
The French were the very first opponents of the Argentines in a World Cup finals. The “gauchos” were able to open the match late with 1-0.
Prediction Today: France wins