France 23-21 Argentina: Camille Lopez Drop-Goal Denies Pumas in Tokyo Thriller


France: (20) 23 
 Tries: Fickou, Dupont Pens: Ntamack (2) Cons: Ntamack (2) DG: Lopez 
 Argentina: (3) 21 
 Tries: Petti, Montoya Pens: Sanchez, Urdapilleta (2) Cons: Sanchez

France held off a second-half comeback by Argentina to win a gripping World Cup match in Tokyo.

The Pumas overturned a 20-3 half-time deficit to take a 21-20 lead until Camille Lopez's drop-goal put France ahead again in the Pool C encounter.

Tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont gave France the advantage.

Guido Petti and Julian Montoya crossed for the Pumas and Benjamin Urdapilleta's penalty put them ahead before replacement Lopez struck.

The Pumas, who had lost their previous nine internationals, had another the chance to win it late on, but Emiliano Boffelli's long-range penalty drifted just wide.

England start their Pool C campaign on Sunday against Tonga, who are Argentina's next opponents on Saturday, 28 September. France resume when they take on the United States on Wednesday, 2 October.

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