France dominated the first half and just held on in the second to edge Argentina 23-21 in a thrilling Rugby World Cup Pool C clash at Tokyo Stadium on Saturday.
A drop goal from replacement five-eighth Camille Lopez 10 minutes from time gave the three-time finalists a victory that looked like a romp, when they took a 20-3 lead into halftime.
Two tries in four minutes from centre Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont had put the
French well on top, but the Pumas hit back with lock Guido Petti and hooker Julian Montoya going over from attacking lineouts.
Argentina fullback Emiliano Boffelli missed a 47-metre penalty in the final minute to leave the twice World Cup semi-finalists now probably needing to beat England to get into the knockout stages.
FRANCE 23 (Antoine Dupont & Gael Fickou tries; Romain Ntamack two conversations & two penalties, Camille Lopez drop goal) ARGENTINA 21 (Julian Montoya & Guido Petti tries; Nicolas Sanchez conversion & two penalties, Benjamin Urdapilleta two conversions)