After a breathtaking group stage round, the 2018 FIFA World Cup enters the round of 16 with some promising fixtures. The first of those will be between Group C winners France and Group D runners-up Argentina on 30th June at the Kazan Arena. Yet again, it took a Messi special for Argentina to get themselves through a tough Group D to the round of 16. France, on the other hand, has looked promising with their entire unit coming good so far. Jorge Sampaoli’s tactics have been poor so far and he will have to get it right if Argentina is to get the better of France. The 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Croatia was just a result of Sampaoli’s dreadful decision making that can cost Argentina yet again come 30th June. For France, the equation is pretty simple, keep Messi under control and they’ll see themselves in the quarterfinals. Without a doubt, it will all come down to Messi vs France as the Argentine Maestro seeks the ultimate glory to add to his not so glorious career with Argentina.
For the fans, Argentina vs France is as good a fixture like any other, and they would have happily taken that to be the World Cup final as well. Watching the likes of Griezmann, Pogba, Dembele, Kante go up against Messi is the best things fans could have expected from this World Cup. Every game of this World Cup has lived up to the billing and has been a treat to watch for every football fan. The treat will only get better with big teams now clashing with each other. To every fan waiting for the start of the round of 16 matches, here is every single detail you need to know about the first game, France vs Argentina.
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Argentina vs France Live Streaming
Internet Viewing records are already under threat of getting destroyed as the group stage matches have witnessed some astonishing numbers so far. Those numbers are only expected to go further up when two of the biggest names of the football world, Argentina, and France, go head to head in the knockout stage. Almost every official live stream broadcaster of World Cup that does stream content online will be up with a live stream channel for its viewers that will stream the first round of 16 matches between Argentina and France.
The list of stream providers includes beIN Sports, FOX Sports, Optus Sports, Sony LIV, DirecTV, Mediaset, TSN Canada, Sky Pacific, Fiji TV, SuperSport, Canal+, and Kwese Sports. The full list of official live streaming channels for the match can be viewed on FIFA’s official website. Mobile viewers will have the comfort of a streaming app as well. The list of available streaming apps for the match is also available on fifa.com.
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Don’t miss out Portugal vs Uruguay match on the same day.
The first round of 16 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played on 30th June 2018 at the Kazan Arena with a scheduled kick-off at 17:00 local time. The venue, Kazan Arena, boasts of having the most extensive outside screen in entire Europe. The fans who fail to get a ticket to watch the match from inside the stadium can easily stand on the streets outside it and enjoy pretty much the same atmosphere. The venue has so far hosted 4 group stage matches and is scheduled to host the second quarter-final as well. Ticket availability can be checked on FIFA’s official website and the local ticket booths in Kazan.
Jorge Sampaoli was under heavy criticism after his lineup that lacked Marcos Rojo at the back, and Angel Di Maria in the midfield got thrashed at the hands of a much stronger looking Croatian side. France has had no such troubles as Didier Deschamps has found his squad sticking well to his formations and tactics. Predicting the Argentine playing XI is more difficult than predicting the outcome of this game, as their manager seems to love experimenting with it. If both the managers stick to their strengths, here is how the playing XI may look like for both France and Argentina.
France Probable Playing XI
Lloris (GK); Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, L Hernandez; Pogba, Kante; Mbape, Griezmann, Dembele; Giroud
Argentina Probable Playing XI
Armani (GK); Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Di Maria, Banega, Mascherano, Dybala; Aguero, Messi
Jorge Sampaoli and his men will have history backing them as Argentina have finished as the better side in all their previous clashes against France. The two teams have met twice at the World Cup finals, and on both occasions, France failed to get the better of Argentina. Their last encounter dates back to 2009 when the two sides met in Marseille to play out a friendly. Lionel Messi did score in that game as the match ended 2-0 in favor of Argentina.
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has been a success so far for all the broadcasters around the world. The official numbers are yet to come out but are expected to break quite a few viewing records yet again. In India, the match will be broadcasted live on Sony ESPN, Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 3. Fans in the United Kingdom will be able to watch the game on BBC Four. The French fans will be able to cheer for their side from their home on TFI, beIN Sports 1, and beIN Sports 2. The match will be broadcasted in Argentina on DirecTV Sports and TyC Sports. The match will be available for fans in the USA on FOX in English and on Telemundo in Spanish.
Looking at how rusty Argentina has been so far, a win for France seems to be the obvious outcome. However, one man who can turn it around is Lionel Messi. His statement of not retiring without becoming a World Champion will only put an added pressure on France as they know what he can do on a football pitch. Despite Messi’s heroics, we expect France to go through to the quarter-finals. The final scoreline, France 3-2 Argentina.