World Cup final | Argentina vs France Highlights: Lionel Messi led Argentina to surprise World Cup victory, beating reigning champions France 4-2 on penalties.
Argentina vs France Highlights | FIFA World Cup 2022
Argentina triumphed over France 4-2 on penalties after the scores were knotted 3-3 in extra time, giving Lionel Messi his first FIFA World Cup victory and “completing football.” Messi scored two goals and Kylian Mbappe three for France. Argentina only had one additional scorer, Angel di Maria. Later, Lionel Messi also received the Golden Ball, making history by becoming the first player to receive the honor twice.
After sharing it with France, Argentina won the World Cup 2022 final on penalties, proving Lionel Messi’s assertions that he is the best football player in history.
Messi scored twice each side of a goal from the outstanding Angel Di Maria to give Argentina a 2-0 lead at the break and a 3-2 advantage in overtime.
Kylian Mbappe, a teammate of Messi’s from Paris Saint-Germain, scored a hat-trick twice from the spot in an exciting 3-3 tie to become the 2nd player in World Cup 2022 final history to do so.
He repeated it to begin the shootout, but Emiliano Martinez stopped Kinglsey Coman’s penalty kick, and Aurelien Tchoumeni missed his target. Then, after Messi, Paulo Dybala, and Leandro Paredes had scored goals, Gonzalo Montiel left to beat Hugo Lloris & give his nation its third World Cup victory.
In the first half, Argentina dominated France, trying to regain the championship for the first time since Brazil in 1962. Messi scored Argentina’s game-winning goal from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute following Ousmane Dembele fouled Di Maria.
Di Maria was an unexpected choice for the left wing and regularly harassed Les Bleus before scoring one of the great World Cup championship goals. The Juventus winger expertly despatched a scything assault that included Messi, Julian Alvarez & Alexis MacAllister.
In the 41st minute, Didier Deschamps of France took the tough decision of removing Olivier Giroud & the disastrous Dembele. During the attack, partners Randal Kolo Muani & Marcus Thuram entered the game, and both were active as Mbappe rapidly changed the course of the match.
Kolo Muani’s pace stunned Nicolas Otamendi, causing him to fall. Emiliano Martinez dove, but Mbappe blasted his first penalty, and Thuram finished off a smooth give-and-go to draw it 2-2.
It took some time for Argentina’s heads to clear, but Lautaro Martinez’s arrival gave them new life. After Hugo Lloris stopped the Inter Milan striker’s 108th-minute shot, Messi rushed home a finish. Then, Mbappe struck Montiel in the arm to end his second penalty.
Martinez made a blunder that time, but in extra time, he made an outstanding save against Kolo Muani, the only player who would defeat him in the shootout. But Messi would not be stopped, thanks partly to teammates like Emiliano Martinez, who remained unyielding when everything was at stake.
Argentina vs France | Goals | FIFA World Cup 2022
Argentina – Lionel Messi – 23 minutes, penalties
Argentine- Angel Di Maria – 36 minutes
France – Kylian Mbappe – 80 minutes, penalties
France – Kylian Mbappe – 81 minutes
Argentina – Lionel Messi – 108 minutes
France – Kylian Mbappe – 118 minutes, penalties
Argentina vs France | Player Ratings | FIFA World Cup 2022
How Argentina triumphed in a legendary game
Even though France trailed for approximately 80 percent of the game, they will have questioned Argentina’s penalty call in the 21st minute. Di Maria’s easy pass merely scratched Dembele as he entered the box, and the Juventus winger fell to the ground.
Who will attempt the penalty kick was a foregone conclusion. Messi lined it up and skillfully delivered it by looping the ball past Hugo Lloris, sending the majority of the blue and white jerseys in the stadium into raptures.
It took a spectacular goal to make it 2-0 for Argentina against a lethargic France as they continued to dominate. When Julian Alvarez was on the halfway line, Messi flicked the ball to him to start the move. He then noticed Brighton’s Mac Allister running, who had plenty of room to get forward before squaring up to Di Maria on his left. The winger then slid the ball home with ease.
Didier Deschamps only required that from his perspective. A lot sooner than Argentina for the second half, Olivier Giroud and Dembele were both hooked in the 41st minute and replaced by Marcus Thuram and Kolo Muani.
After the half, Argentina continued to have better chances because of Alvarez and Mac Allister’s effective forward connecting. Kolo Muani nodded a corner wide to give France their first shot on goal in the 67th minute.
However, the drama hadn’t even begun when France has given a chance to win with a penalty in the 79th minute. Otamendi fouled Kolo Munai after misjudging his man and bringing him to the ground.
Mbappe stepped up, proving that there was only one guy for the task, the same as Argentina’s penalty. Emiliano Martinez attempted to stop it, but the penalty had too much force. He had yet to make a save in the game.
When Argentina regained the lead through a Messi goal in the second overtime period, Lautaro Martinez was once more engaged. Messi was waiting for the rebound after the Inter Milan forward forced a magnificent save from Lloris. Jules Kounde cleared his shot from deep inside the goal after he fired it. Before announcing the goal, there were a few anxious seconds as the referee checked his goal-line technology watch.
But with four minutes left in extra time, France was given a second penalty in a match that embodied football’s drama. Mbappe launched a shot from the area’s perimeter, but a leaping Montiel stopped it with an extended arm. So the game has decided by penalties, which France forward lined up and converted past Emiliano Martinez.
The first two penalties have scored by the two leading performers, Messi and Mbappe. However, Martinez stopped Coman before Tchouameni missed his shot. Then, before Kolo Muani added another goal for France, Paulo Dybala and Leandro Parades scored.
Argentina won their first World Cup triumph in 36 years credit to Montiel’s fourth and final penalty kick, cementing Messi’s place in football lore.
Stats | FIFA World Cup
Lionel Messi of Argentina became the first player to ever score at the group stage, a round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship of a single World Cup.
Lionel Messi of Argentina made his 26th appearance in a World Cup game, passing Lothar Matthaus as the tournament’s all-time leader in games played (25).
The 26 goals Lionel Messi has scored for Argentina in major international competitions (13 World Cup, 13 Copa América) are the most by a South American player in history across the two matches, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo (25).
It was the first time both sides had a player score at some point twice in a World Cup final, with credit to Kylian Mbappe of France and Lionel Messi of Argentina. Only Geoff Hurst of England scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final in 1966; Mbappe was the first.