Best images as Lionel Messi's Argentina are knocked out after a Kylian Mbappe special for France

Lionel Messi and Argentina’s hopes of winning World Cup 2018 ended on Saturday after France defeated them 4-3 in the last 16 stage.

A brace from PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, a goal from Benjamin Pavard and an early penalty from Antoine Griezmann led Didier Deschamps’ team to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

A sensational strike from Angel Di Maria, a deflected goal from Gabriel Mercado and a late Sergio Aguero consolation goal did keep Argentina in what was a classic World Cup encounter, but it was not quite enough as Jorge Sampaoli‘s team bowed out of the competition.

Here, we take a look at some of the best images from what was probably Messi’s last game at the World Cup, and probably his last in an Argentine shirt.

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Best images as Edinson Cavani's brace helps Uruguay send Portugal out of World Cup 2018

Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals of World Cup 2018.

A magnificent brace from Edinson Cavani helped them beat Fernando Santos’ side as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s team followed Lionel Messi‘s Argentina to head out of the tournament, on the same day.

Uruguay will now meet France in the last eight after earlier beating Jorge Sampaoli’s team 4-3 in the last 16.

Here, we take a look at some of the best images from the game as Cavani’s ruthless finishing helped his team overcome Portugal.

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Argentina's Javier Mascherano retires from international football after loss to France

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Javier Mascherano, Argentina’s most-capped player (147 appearances) has retired from international football after the 4-3 loss against France on Saturday in the World Cup.

Speaking after the game, the 34-year old said, “It’s time to say goodbye.”

“I hope that all the lads who follow in my footsteps can achieve what they are aiming for. There are no more illusions for me,” he told Argentina’s TyC sports channel.

Mascherano made his international debut in 2003 and went on to appear 147 times for his country.

The veteran midfielder though also received a yellow card in the last-16 game against France.

Mascherano departed from Barcelona after playing 334 games for the Catalan club and joined Herbei China Fortune, a club in the Chinese Super League.

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