The young Monaco forward proved decisive in a thrilling contest at the Kazan Arena following a comeback from Jorge Sampaoli’s South Americans.
Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Angel Di Maria fired home a spectacular equaliser. Gabriel Mercado then put Argentina ahead moments after the break only for Benjamin Pavard to match Di Maria’s strike for quality to restore parity.
Mbappe’s brilliance then won the tie for France with a first goal that should have been kept out by Franco Armani and a second that finished off a lightening counter attack as Didier Deschamps’ men continue their Russian journey.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Kante, Pogba, Mbappe (Thauvin 89), Griezmann (Fekir 83), Matuidi (Tolisso 74), Giroud.
Subs not used: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Dembele, Nzonzi, Rami, Sidibe, Mendy, Areola.
Goals: Griezmann 13, Pavard 57, Mbappe 64 & 68
Bookings: Pavard, Matuidi, Giroud
Argentina: Armani, Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo (Fazio 46), Tagliafico, Perez (Aguero 65), Mascherano, Banega, Pavon (Meza 74), Messi, Di Maria.
Subs not used: Guzman, Ansaldi, Biglia, Acuna, Higuain, Salvio, Lo Celso, Dybala, Caballero.
Goals: Di Maria 41, Mercado 48, Aguero 90+2
Bookings: Mascherano, Rojo, Tagliafico, Banega, Otamendi
Referee: Alireza Faghani.