Argentina defeats France in a penalty shootout in 2022 World Cup final
December 20, 2022: -Argentina won their third World Cup in a grand final on Sunday as they beat France 4-2 on penalties after Lionel Messi scored in the dual in a 3-3 tie that featured a hat-trick for Mbappe as the holders recovered from 2-0 down.
It was a memorable night of drama, high emotion and fluctuating fortunes, which delivered one of the all-time grand finals to cap a fantastic tournament. Its two-star players gave command performances on the most oversized stage of all.
Argentina had looked cursing to a one-sided victory. Messi’s penalty and an amazing goal by Angel Di Maria in the initial half put them in total control. Still, Mbappe converted an 80th-minute penalty and volleyed in an equalizer a minute to take the game to extra time.
Messi put Argentina ahead in the second time, but Mbappe levelled with one more penalty, becoming the next man to score a World Cup final hat-trick following England’s Geoff Hurst in 1966.
That took the game to the shootouts, where Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s effort, and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide to give Montiel a chance to win it, which he effortlessly took.
Argentina is now the winner of six of their seven World Cup shootouts, which include the quarter-final against the Netherlands much before when they blew a 2-0 lead, while France has lost three of five, but with two of those defeats, which came in finals.
It suggested that following his record 26th World Cup game, at the fifth and final time asking, Lionel Messi claimed the trophy he summoned, lifting him alongside Diego Maradona, the first football God of the country who carried them to their second triumph in 1986 after getting their first world cup in 1978.
It seems all the more amazing coming a month after his team started the tournament by mourning the most significant upset statistically in World Cup history when Saudi Arabia defeated them.
“I cannot believe that we have defeated so much in a perfect game. Unbelievable, but this team responds to everything,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said.
“I am proud of everything they did. With the blows we received today, this makes you emotional. I want to tell people to enjoy, and it’s a historic moment for our country,” he added.
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