2022 World Cup: Argentina 3 [4-2] 3 France – Mbappé shines but Messi takes glory


Defending World Champions Les Bleus of France lost their crown to the La Albiceleste of Argentina on Sunday evening at the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar.

Kylian Mbappe became the second man in history to score a hat-trick in the World Cup final as France dragged Argentina and Lionel Messi into a penalty shootout after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Lusail Stadium

Messi, chasing elusive glory in his final World Cup, gave Argentina a 23rd minute lead from the penalty spot before Angel Di Maria, who won the spot kick, scored a sumptuous second.

France had been thoroughly outplayed and Didier Deschamps turned to his bench four minutes before the break, hauling off Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele.

One of the men he sent on, Randal Kolo Muani, was fouled by Nicolas Otamendi in the box and Mbappe converted from 12 yards before a give-and-go with another substitute, Marcus Thuram was finished emphatically by the Paris Saint-Germain star.


ARG — Lionel Messi (penalty) — 23rd minute.

ARG — Angel Di Maria (Alexis Mac Allister) — 36th minute.

FRA — Kylian Mbappe (penalty) — 80th minute.

FRA — Kylian Mbappe (Marcus Thuram) — 81th minute.

ARG — Lionel Messi — 108th minute.

FRA — Kylian Mbappe (penalty) — 118th minute.


Argentina (4-3-3, right to left): 23. E. Martinez (GK) — 26. Molina, 13. Romero, 19. Otamendi, 3. Tagliafico — 7. De Paul, 24. E. Fernandez, 20. Mac Allister — 11. Di Maria, 10. Messi, 9. Alvarez

France (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Lloris (GK) — 5. Kounde, 4. Varane, 18. Upamecano, 22. T. Hernandez — 7. Griezmann, 8. Tchouameni, 14. Rabiot — 11. Dembele, 9. Giroud, 10. Mbappe

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