IT TOOK 90 minutes of regulation, 30 minutes of extra time and a penalty kick shootout to decide it — but Argentina is the 2022 World Cup champion.
It was the two superstars who stepped up first for their sides in the shootout. France kicked first and Kylian Mbappé, who had a hat trick in the game, blasted it past Argentina’s Emiliano Martínez.
Next up was the legend. Lionel Messi approached the spot and calmly rolled one in to tie it up.
But after that, France missed their next two attempts to give Argentina a big advantage. And after Gonzalo Montiel made it four in a row for Argentina, it was over.
The legend Lionel Messi scored two in the match for Argentina and realised his dream of World Cup glory.
After a stunning second-half French comeback — thanks to two goals in about 90 seconds by young superstar Kylian Mbappé — France and Argentina went to extra time to decide the 2022 World Cup champion.
Early in the second period of extra time, Messi, who had already scored on a penalty kick in the first half of the game, took the ball on a rebound from a Hugo Lloris save and flicked it toward the goal. France’s defence managed to clear Messi’s offering off the line, but it had crossed over and Argentina was ultimately awarded the goal.
But it wouldn’t be enough. In the 116th minute of this epic final, France was awarded a penalty. Already having scored twice, Kylian Mbappé stepped up looking to tie the match yet again. And he did just that. It’s a hat trick for the 23-year-old.
Top: Argentina players celebrate after winning the World Cup. Photo: Getty Images/Matthew Ashton/AMA and published by CNN
First insert: France’s Kylian Mbappe scores his second goal to tie the match at 2-2. Photo: Getty Images? Dan Mullan and published by CNN
First below: Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring Argentina’s second goal on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images/Catherine Ivill and published by CNN
Second below: Argentina’s Angel Di Maria crosses the ball during Sunday’s final. Photo: AP/Natacha Pisarenko and published by CNN
Third below: France’s Antoine Griezmann kicks off to start the final. Photo: Getty Images/Richard Heathcote and published by CNN
Fourth below: France’s Kylian Mbappé, left, and Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Photos: Getty Images and published by CNN
Fifth below: Argentina fans support their team inside the Lusail Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images/ Julian Finney and published by CNN
Sixth below: France’s Randal Kolo Muani, left, tries to win the ball from Argentina’s Nicolas Tagliafico. Photo: Reuters /Molly Darlington and published by CNN
Seventh below: Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring on a second-half penalty. (Michael Regan/FIFA/Getty Images)
Front Page: Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring on a first-half penalty. Photo: Getty Images/ Dan Mullan and published by CNN