Kazan [Russia], June 30 (ANI): France and Argentina will look to book their place in the quarter-finals of the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup when they face each other in the first clash of the last-16 round here at the Kazan Arena on Saturday. Also Read - Hansi Flick Should Have Won The Best FIFA Coach Award, Says Jose Mourinho

The Lionel Messi-led side will look to leave behind their complex start in the tournament and put their best foot forward in the match. Also Read - FIFA Cancels Next Year's U-17 Women's World Cup in India, Allots it 2022 Edition

Argentina, who played a dismal 1-1 draw against Iceland and suffered a crushing 0-3 defeat at the hands of Croatia in their second encounter of the tournament, were saved by their 2-1 win over Nigeria which also helped them to qualify for the last-16 round. Also Read - Lionel Messi's Goal Disallowed by VAR During Argentina-Paraguay World Cup 2022 Qualifier Creates Controversy

France, on the other hand, have had a relatively smooth journey in the World Cup so far.

The two-time champions clinched victories in their opening two encounters against Australia and Peru while settling with a draw against Denmark in their third and final group match.

Finishing on top of the Group C, France have conceded just one goal in the tournament so far and that too in the form of a penalty.

Talking about the head-to-head record, the Argentina team hold a better record against the Frenchmen. In the last eleven encounters, Argentina have defeated the French team six times with three matches being drawn.

In the World Cup clashes as well, Argentina have an upper hand over France. They have beaten France in their two World Cup encounters.

Meanwhile, 14th-ranked Uruguay will lock horns with fourth-ranked Portugal in the second clash of the day.

The Cristiano Ronaldo-led side, who failed to make it through the knockout stage last time, would be looking to not to repeat the same this time around.

On a related note, the full Argentina and France squads are as follow:


Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Wilfredo Caballero, Franco Armani

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado , Cristian Ansaldi , Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo , Nicolas Tagliafico , Marcos Acuna

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano , Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia , Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini , Maximiliano Meza, Angel di Maria , Cristian Pavon

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala , Gonzalo Higuain , Sergio Aguero


Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola

Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Adil Rami, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, Ngolo Kante, Steven Nzonzi

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar. (ANI)

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