World Cup closing: Argentina beat France on penalties in dramatic Qatar showpiece

Lionel Messi lastly achieved his World Cup dream as Argentina received their third crown on penalties following one of many best finals within the event’s historical past at Lusail Stadium.

Argentina received 4-2 within the shootout after a spectacular recreation which developed into the much-anticipated confrontation between the 35-year-old maestro Messi and his France reverse quantity Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick – the primary in a World Cup closing since 1966 – however nonetheless ended up on the shedding aspect.

Messi appeared to be securing the one main honour lacking from his glittering assortment in consolation as Argentina cruised right into a two-goal lead, just for an explosive intervention from Mbappe turned a spectacular encounter on its head with two targets inside a minute late on.

Messi had given Argentina lead from the penalty spot within the twenty third minute following Ousmane Dembele’s foul on Angel Di Maria. It made him the primary participant in World Cup historical past to attain within the group stage, final 16, quarter-final, semi-final and closing of a single event.

He then contributed a fragile contact inside an impressive counter-attack that ended with Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister establishing Di Maria for the second 13 minutes later.

Argentina had been untroubled till the closing levels, just for Mbappe to provide France a lifeline from the penalty spot with 9 minutes left – then restore equality with an impressive volley moments later.

Messi bundled Argentina again in entrance in additional time, however Mbappe accomplished his treble from the spot two minutes from the tip of a frantic, chaotic added spell.

And so it went to penalties, with the 2 greats opening the scoring. However Argentina and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved from Kingsley Coman, earlier than Aurelian Tchouameni missed, leaving Gonzalo Montiel to win the World Cup.

Messi, a World Cup winner ultimately, collapsed to his knees within the centre circle and was engulfled by jubilant Argentina team-mates.

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 23E MartínezBooked at 126mins
  • 26MolinaSubstituted forMontielat 90′minutesBooked at 116mins
  • 13Romero
  • 19Otamendi
  • 3TagliaficoSubstituted forDybalaat 120+1′minutes
  • 7De PaulSubstituted forParedesat 102′minutesBooked at 114mins
  • 24FernándezBooked at 45mins
  • 20Mac AllisterSubstituted forPezzellaat 116′minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9ÁlvarezSubstituted forLa Martínezat 103′minutes
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forAcuñaat 64′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 1Armani
  • 2Foyth
  • 4Montiel
  • 5Paredes
  • 6Pezzella
  • 8Acuña
  • 12Rulli
  • 14Palacios
  • 15Correa
  • 16Almada
  • 17Gómez
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 21Dybala
  • 22La Martínez
  • 25Li Martínez


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 5KoundéSubstituted forDisasiat 120+1′minutes
  • 4VaraneSubstituted forKonatéat 113′minutes
  • 18Upamecano
  • 22HernándezSubstituted forCamavingaat 71′minutes
  • 8Tchouaméni
  • 14RabiotBooked at 55minsSubstituted forFofanaat 96′minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forKolo Muaniat 41′minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forComanat 71′minutes
  • 10Mbappé
  • 9GiroudBooked at 90minsSubstituted forThuramat 41′minutesBooked at 87mins


  • 2Pavard
  • 3Disasi
  • 6Guendouzi
  • 12Kolo Muani
  • 13Fofana
  • 15Veretout
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Saliba
  • 20Coman
  • 23Aréola
  • 24Konaté
  • 25Camavinga
  • 26Thuram

Szymon Marciniak


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