In an exciting match at the Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar, football fans saw an unforgettable game between Argentina and France in the 2022 World Cup final. The match ended in a 3-3 tie after extra time, and Argentina won 4-2 in the penalty shootout to secure their third World Cup victory.
The game began with Argentina taking a two-goal lead thanks to their captain, Lionel Messi, and Angel Di Maria. Messi calmly scored a penalty after Di Maria was fouled in the box, giving Argentina an early lead. Di Maria then scored a fantastic goal after a precise pass from Alexis Mac Allister.
However, France, aiming to make history by winning two consecutive World Cups, showed their determination. Kylian Mbappe, one of the tournament’s standout players, scored two impressive goals in quick succession. His second goal, a shot into the bottom corner, left everyone in awe.
As the game went on, France made some tactical changes to improve their attack, bringing on Randal Kolo Muani and Marcus Thuram. This gave them more energy, but Argentina kept control of the game, creating many chances to score.
The game peaked when Kolo Muani won a crucial penalty for France, which Mbappe confidently converted. He didn’t stop there, scoring his third goal of the night, making him only the second player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. This achievement also earned him the Golden Boot award as the tournament’s top scorer.
When it looked like the game couldn’t get any more exciting, Messi took a powerful shot from far away in the last moments of regular time, but Hugo Lloris made an impressive save. So, extra time was needed.
In extra time, Messi once again gave Argentina the lead, taking advantage of a rebounded save by Lloris. But France, determined to keep fighting, equalized again with a penalty after a handball by Gonzalo Montiel.
The stage for a thrilling penalty shootout
The penalty shootout was a nail-biting affair, with both teams scoring their first penalties. However, Argentina’s goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, became the hero by saving shots from Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni. Montiel then confidently scored his penalty, securing a 4-2 shootout victory for Argentina and a place in football history.
For Lionel Messi, this victory was a dream ending to his World Cup journey, finally winning the one major title that had eluded him throughout his remarkable career. The celebrations that followed showed the emotional rollercoaster this match had been.
The 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and France will be remembered as a football classic, full of excitement, goals, and unforgettable moments. It highlighted the determination of both teams and solidified Argentina’s place in football history with their third World Cup win.