MOSCOW, Russia (AP) —Argentina has equalised against the run of the play against France to make it 1-1 at halftime in their round of 16 games at the World Cup.
France has been the better team and opened the scoring with Antoine Griezmann's penalty in the 13th minute, but Angel Di Maria's powerful strike from 25 yards in the 41st ensured the score was level at the break.
Di Maria was set up in front of goal following a throw-in on the left of a pitch, collected the pass and unleashing a left-foot strike into the top right corner.
France dominated the early exchanges and took advantage from the spot when Kylian Mbappe won the penalty after being fouled in the area by Marcos Rojo. Mbappe sprinted 40 metres and entered the box where he was clumsily stopped by the Argentina defender.
Mbappe has been a constant threat with his devastating pace and accelerations.
Griezmann put his team ahead just moments after hitting the woodwork from a 22-yard free-kick.
And after he scored, Griezmann made a shout out to millions of fans of Fortnite with his celebratory dance.
Lionel Messi has had only a few opportunities and has not been allowed much space by France defenders.