Mbappe out­plays Messi as France beats Ar­gentina, 4-3

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What Lionel Messi has never done, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe did twice.

The quick-footed French teenager scored two goals in a five-minute span of the sec­ond half to help his team rally for a 4-3 vic­tory over Ar­gentina. Satur­day’s vic­tory gave France a spot in the World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

Messi, who turned 31 dur­ing his fourth and pos­si­bly fi­nal World Cup, set up a pair of goals but again failed to score in a knock­out match.

Mbappe got his two in his first at­tempt.

“Of course, as I’ve al­ready and al­ways said, in the World Cup you have all the top level play­ers so it is an op­por­tu­nity to show what you can do and what your abil­i­ties are,” said Mbappe, who now has three goals in Rus­sia. “There is no bet­ter place than a World Cup.”

Mbappe was a con­stant threat to Ar­gentina’s creak­ing de­fense with his speed and skill and was at the heart of France’s of­ten-breath­tak­ing dis­play, par­tic­u­larly in the mid­dle of the sec­ond half.

He be­came the sec­ond teenager to score mul­ti­ple goals in a knock­out match at the World Cup. Pele was the other, do­ing it twice at 17 at the 1958 World Cup. 6-1, 1- 6, 6-1 in the fi­nal.

Belichick laments news­pa­per shoot­ing: New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick ex­pressed sym­pa­thy for the fam­i­lies and friends of those killed at the of­fice of the Cap­i­tal Gazette, which he called his “home­town news­pa­per.” Though born in Ten­nessee, Belichick was raised in An­napo­lis, Md., where his fa­ther was an as­sis­tant foot­ball coach at the U.S. Naval Acad­emy.

On Thurs­day, five em­ploy­ees of The Cap­i­tal were killed by a gun­man who broke into the build­ing, opened fire and was sub­se­quently ar­rested.

In a state­ment, Belichick said: “For my en­tire life, The Cap­i­tal has been my home­town news­pa­per. My fam­ily and I have en-

“It is flat­ter­ing to be the sec­ond one af­ter Pele but let’s put things in con­text. Pele is an­other cat­e­gory,” Mbappe said. “But it’s good to be among the play­ers to score in knock­out matches.”

With the score 2-2, Mbappe got his first goal with a cool fin­ish from a tight an­gle in the 64th minute, his low shot go­ing un­der Ar­gentina goal­keep- joyed spe­cial re­la­tion­ships with many great peo­ple who have worked for the news­pa­per. My heart goes out to the vic­tims, their fam­i­lies and the en­tire An­napo­lis com­mu­nity for this ter­ri­ble and sense­less tragedy.”

Seven-time Olympic medal­ist dies: Irena Szewin­ska, 72, a Pol­ish sprinter who dom­i­nated women’s athletics for two decades and later be­came a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, died Fri­day in a War­saw hos­pi­tal af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer. The Pol­ish news agency PAP on Satur­day de­scribed Szewin­ska as the most fa­mous ath­lete in Pol­ish sports his­tory.

Caster Se­menya fol­lowed her de­ci­sion to fight the IAAF’s er Franco Ar­mani. Four min­utes later, he slot­ted past Ar­mani again af­ter he was put through on goal by a deft pass from Oliver Giroud.

Mbappe also helped France to its first goal. Fol­low­ing a sus­tained pe­riod of early pres­sure, he won a penalty af­ter a 40me­ter burst of speed that ended with him be­ing brought down by Mar­cos Rojo. An­toine Griez­mann then scored from the spot in the 13th minute, send­ing Ar­mani the wrong way.

“Our team is much younger, but we are there. We an­swered the call,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “It was not easy be­cause we were lead­ing and then there was an equal­izer. Then they led 2-1, but we kept fight­ing. There is an ex­cel­lent men­tal­ity in this group and we did ev­ery­thing to go fur­ther. We couldn’t miss it and we did win it.”

For Ar­gentina, it was the first time the team has scored three goals in a com­pet­i­tive match and lost.

For Messi, it means he still has never won a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ti­tle with Ar­gentina. rules over testos­terone lev­els in fe­male ath­letes by win­ning the 800 me­ters in im­pe­ri­ous form at the Paris Di­a­mond League on Satur­day.

The IAAF has ruled fe­male run­ners too high in nat­u­ral testos­terone can’t race in track events from the 400 to the mile un­less they take med­i­ca­tion.

Or­lando City hires coach: Louisville City coach James O’Con­nor will fill the Ma­jor League Soc­cer club’s va­cancy be­fore its July 7 match against LAFC. O’Con­nor, 38, coached his fi­nal game with sec­ond-tier Louisville on Satur­day be­fore join­ing a team he played for when it was a third-tier squad from 2012-14.

DAVID VIN­CENT AP

France’s Kylian Mbappe, left, cel­e­brates Satur­day with team­mate Lu­cas Her­nan­dez af­ter scor­ing the third goal.

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