Can Kylian Mbappe inspire France one again to get past Luis Suarez and co in the first World Cup 2018 quarter-final?

In scoring twice against Argentina , Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager with multiple goals in a World Cup knockout game since a 17-year-old Pele did it twice (including a hat trick against France) in 1958.

It’s a big stage with inevitable comparisons that Mbappe smiled about and then batted away.

“It’s flattering to be the second one since Pele,” said Mbappe, born in France to a father from Cameroon and a mother from Algeria. “But let’s put things in perspective. Pele’s another category.”

“In a World Cup you have the top-level players,” said Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain. “So it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There is no better place than a World Cup.”

The match will also showcase several cross-border friendships.

SuarezGriezmann plays at Atletico Madrid where his teammates are Uruguayan defenders Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez. Godin is the godfather of Griezmann’s daughter.

While Uruguay striker Suarez will be up against Barcelona teammate Samuel Umtiti.

“I’ve always joked … that I wanted to face Umtiti at a World Cup,” Suarez said. “And it came true.”

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 VS France

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