Lucky11| FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina The World Champion
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Argentina won their third FIFA World Cup title on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, holding off a remarkable France comeback.
As Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria scored in the first half, the South American champions appeared to be cruising to a third World Cup victory with a lackluster France having no answer for Argentina's unfettered dominance.
But an incredible quick-fire brace from Kylian Mbappe in the closing 10 minutes of play pulled France even and forced extra time, where Messi won his second goal of the game before another Mbappe penalty forced a draw after an exciting 120 minutes.
Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni flubbed their lines, but Lionel Scaloni's charges retained their composure from 12 yards, and Gonzalo Montiel netted the game-winning penalty kick to end the winners of 1978 and 1986's 36-year absence from another World Cup.
In the current World Cup, France had developed a reputation as a squad content to play it safe and target opponents on the break. However, this tactic was completely unsuccessful against the well-oiled Albiceleste machine.
Scaloni's team easily won the midfield duel and took control of the game right away, with the recently returned Di Maria wreaking havoc on the left side. Before Martinez dove to his right to save Coman, Mbappe and Messi both scored from 12 yards, and Paulo Dybala comfortably rolled his attempt through the middle to give Argentina the lead right away.
Martinez's psychological tricks paid off when Tchouameni missed France's subsequent penalty kick and Leandro Paredes' shot was too strong for Lloris to stop.
Kolo Muani saved France from defeat with a rocket through the center, but Montiel coolly sent Lloris the wrong way to bring excitement and happiness to fans wearing blue and white. Argentina was only one spot kick away from victory.
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