Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022 final on Sunday in Qatar’s Lusail Stadium after defeating France in a penalty shootout.
After a 3-3 tie in extra time on Sunday, the game headed to a penalty shootout.
After 90 minutes of play, the score was at 2-2. However, in the 108th minute, Lionel Messi scored to give Argentina a 3-2 lead, and two minutes before the end of extra time, Kylian Mbappe completed his hat-trick.
Argentina had gone 2-0 up in the first half with Messi, making a record-breaking 26th World Cup appearance, converting a 23rd-minute penalty.
They struck again with a sublime four-pass counter-attack as Alexis Mac Allister’s cutback found Angel Di Maria and he finished well.
The closing ceremony for the World Cup was earlier celebrated ahead of the final.
Fans thronged the stadium before the match’s start.
Messi is competing for the honor that has escaped one of football’s all-time greats up until now. The prolific Mbappe and a France team stood in his way as they attempt to become the first nation since Pele’s Brazil in 1958 and 1962 to win back-to-back World Cups.
Messi, 35, has won seven Ballon d’Or honors for being the best player in the world, but his last World Cup final appearance ended in a heartbreaking loss to Germany in 2014.
The Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar, which seats 89,000 people and is the most impressive of the extraordinary venues that the desert state built to host the tournament, will draw worldwide attention for the tournament’s opening match at 1500 GMT because of Messi’s quest.
“I am well aware that Argentina will have a lot of fans behind them,” France coach Didier Deschamps said on the eve of the game.
“I know Argentina, many people around the world, and maybe some French people, hope Lionel Messi could win the World Cup, but we’re going to do everything to achieve our objective.”
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez of Argentina stated: “People say France are the favourites. However, we own the best player in history.
Since France’s semi-final victory over Morocco, the first African team to ever make it to the final four, Deschamps has had a challenging few days.
His team has been battling an unknown virus that is thought to have so far infected five players.
Due to illness, central defenders Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate, as well as winger Kingsley Coman, were compelled to skip training on Friday.
Before that, midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano were ruled out of the semi-final.
Fever, stomach pain, and headaches are just a few of the symptoms that players, staff, and sources close to the French team have described.
Deschamps stated, “We are trying to take as many precautions as possible, to adjust as required, and to move forward.”
At the beginning of their final team practise before the championship game, all 24 members of his squad took the field, giving him cause for encouragement, though reporters were taken out after 15 minutes.