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What a moment. What a bit of magic from Mbappe. And just like that, it's tied at 2 with less than 10 minutes remaining. Get your popcorn... -- James Tyler— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 Penalty for France, Mbappe scores! Argentina 2-1 France! 80th minute: Well, well, well, well, well, well! Barely 10 minutes after France's first shot on goal, they have a penalty after Randal Kolo Muani (one of the infamous first-half subs) beats Nicolas Otamendi for speed down the left side, muscles into the box and is hauled down for an obvious spot-kick. Up steps Mbappe, and he thunders it beyond Martinez. Game on! -- Tyler— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 No looks for Les Bleus71st minute: Kylian Mbappe takes France's first shot on goal.
10's path. IT HAD TO BE MESSI 🐐🇦🇷 pic. com/KF5wggitVF— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 While Jules Kounde blocks the ball back into play, it clearly crossed the goal-line and so goal awarded! After a brief VAR check to make sure Martinez was onside after the Messi pass, it's given. Just 10 minutes to go! -- Tyler— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 18, 2022 Extra time updates105th minute: CHANCE FOR ARGENTINA! And Dayot Upamecano's lunging tackle may have kept France in this World Cup. After great approach play by Mac Allister and Messi, the ball is slipped to substitute Lautaro Martinez with seemingly the entire goal to aim at from 12 yards out.
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The referee doesn't hesitate to point to the spot and up steps Messi... who calmly sends Lloris the wrong way with a low sidefooted effort into the right corner! Messi's 12th goal at a World Cup final could be his most important one of all as they take the lead. Fair to say they'll need more goals... -- TylerMESSI PUTS ARGENTINA OUT IN FRONT 🎯🇦🇷 pic. com/kZkUvRUXC9— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 Hey, we know themLes Bleus' own Paul Pogba -- who has been absent from France's Qatar run due to a thigh injury suffered in October -- is in the stands cheering on his teammates alongside Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimović. Pogba and Zlatan at the #FIFAWorldCup pic.
History will remember this as Messi's World Cup, but Argentina won that trophy together. -- James TylerPenalties— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 Argentina score and win! Montiel's penalty sends Hugo Lloris the wrong way, and that's it! Messi has his World Cup! Argentina win the World Cup! France score, but still trail 3-2: Kolo Muani with an excellent penalty, high and up the middle, leaving Martinez no chance! Argentina lead 3-1: Leandro Paredes sneaks his spot-kick under Lloris' dive and while the keeper got a hand to it, it still has enough power to get in! They're nearly there... France MISS: Tchouameni fires low to Martinez's right, and while he beats the outstretched hand of the keeper, he also misses the post! A big advantage for Argentina... Argentina lead 2-1: Sub Paulo Dybala's first action of the match is to sidefoot his penalty right down the middle, with Lloris diving vainly to his left.
It's a bold gambit by Deschamps, but he's got no choice. There's no do-overs in the World Cup final, and you've got to wait four years for a chance at redemption. -- TylerWhat a goal! Argentina 2-0 France! 35th minute: Angel Di Maria, who was a surprise starter for Argentina having been featured little during the knockout round, has doubled their advantage in the World Cup final. Messi, Julian Alvarez and Alexis Mac Allister combine in a brilliant counter-attack from one end of the pitch to the other, and Di Maria is there to receive the final pass, take a touch and finesse it beyond a helpless Lloris. Les Bleus have not looked like the defending champions at all in this competition, but have always been fortunate at key moments in the knockout stages.
-- TylerTrouble for France? 11th minute: France's nerves continue to show in the opening exchanges, and we've had our first big opportunity of the day. Some clever approach play by Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria culminates in a clear shot for Rodrigo De Paul, whose low shot is deflected wide for a corner. The French fail to clear, but when the ball comes back into the box, Lloris takes a hard hit from Argentina defender Cristian Romero -- on replay, he was clearly shoved into the France goalkeeper by Upamecano -- as the ball was in the air within yards of the goal.
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We're more than three-quarters of the way through the 2022 World Cup final. In the 71st minute Mbappé takes the FIRST shot of the game for France 😬 pic. com/qrj0N2Pnt7— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 Argentina fans are feelin' itHow much does it mean? These fans made it pretty clear when Messi and Di Maria delivered in the first half. play1:42Argentina's two first-half goals from Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria sparked huge celebrations amongst Argentina fans.
com/rMp4M9BGXu— GQ Sports (@GQSports) December 18, 2022 France gets its first chance at goal20th minute: Another spell of Argentina pressure ends in frustration as a low cross from the right is missed entirely by Messi and makes its way to Di Maria on the left side of the box, who blasts it into the crowd. Moments later, Les Bleus answer with a spell of pressure and get a free kick in a dangerous spot to the left of goal. Olivier Giroud wins the header but climbs over two defenders to reach the ball.
At times, it felt as though he'd never win it, such was his misfortune or the sheer fact that they ran into a better team: in the end, 11 is better than one, right? The greatest to ever do it. Lionel Messi, World Cup champion 🐐 pic. twitter. com/d1VqCu6Qhc— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 18, 2022 But here, he stepped up and answered the call time and again, even as they could have collapsed when Kylian Mbappe erased Argentina's 2-0 lead in just 93 seconds toward the end of the second half. They kept pushing, they kept pressing and they didn't let the wild swings in momentum deny them.
Argentina vs. France: 2022 World Cup final highlights and reactionsOf the 32 teams that came to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, only one could come out on top. This game was loaded with history and legacy-making stakes. Both countries had won two World Cups in their history. France were trying to become the first country to win consecutive titles since Brazil did it in 1958 and 1962.
Lloris is still down, receiving medical attention after the hit. In a cruel twist, Romero plays for the same club (Tottenham Hotspur) as Lloris. After some minutes on the ground, Lloris is back on his feet and staying in the game. -- TylerEarly minutesBoth teams are showing that raw energy and nerve that you'd expect from playing in the biggest game in the world's biggest sport with national pride on the line. France's Adrien Rabiot and Argentina's De Paul foul each other in the opening two minutes, French winger Ousmane Dembele miscontrols an easy pass and then his teammate Dayot Upamecano puts an elbow into Lionel Messi as the pair challenge for a header.
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But Argentina and Messi don't look to be in a giving mood. -- Tyler— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 Another record for MessiWith that penalty, the iconic No. 10 becomes the first men's player to score in all four knockout rounds of the World Cup, having scored against Australia (round of 16), Netherlands (quarterfinal), Croatia (semifinal) and now France in the final. -- TylerMessi scores from the penalty spot! Argentina 1-0 France! 22nd minute: Not long after France's first attempt on goal, Argentina attack quickly and win a penalty as Ousmane Dembele tripped Angel Di Maria after the winger had made his way into the box from the left flank.
as they take a comfortable lead into the break. They've attacked decisively, defended with little trouble and have completely taken Kylian Mbappe out of the game to the extent that France coach Didier Deschamps made two substitutions before half-time in a bid to rescue this game. Olivier Giroud (anonymous up front) and Dembele (who conceded the penalty) were withdrawn after that spectacular second Argentina goal, but will it make a difference? Argentina had over 60% of the ball in the first half, plus six shots to zero. Their halftime xG (1. 46) feels right given their performance. Teams leading by multiple goals at halftime of men's World Cup KO stage games are 25-0-0 👀 pic. com/dk6eyjlyXD— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 18, 2022 Is there a way back into the game for France? The subs (Marcus Thuram, Randal Kolo Muani) were added to try to give Les Bleus some more control in the middle of the field and more pace out wide, while also pushing Mbappe into a more central attacking role where he can hopefully get more possession and more opportunities to run into space.
-- TylerGoal! Argentina 3-2 France! 108th minute: Is that the strike to seal this for Messi? After another sharp Lloris save in extra time, Argentina work the ball forward to Lautaro Martinez, who plays a clever one-two with Messi. After another exchange of passes, Messi pounces on the loose ball to bundle it over the line after Lloris could only parry Martinez's ferocious shot into the No.
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Kingsley Coman and Kolo Muani have been brilliant on the wings since coming on for France, and Argentina can't seem to slow them down. What?! Game on! Mbappe makes it 2-2! 82nd minute: And just like that, it's all tied at two! With Argentina just 10 minutes from victory, Mbappe & Co. have leveled it in the span of one minute and 33 seconds. Messi loses possession in the Argentina half to French substitute Coman, the ball is worked quickly forward and after a clever bit of support play, the ball sits up neatly for Mbappe and he thumps it beyond Martinez on the volley. What a goal.
(Not something Messi should be doing, as he's 6 inches shorter than the France defender, but there you go). France look nervous and have given Argentina a couple of early chances to shoot, but nothing that Lloris couldn't handle between the posts. -- TylerPregameIn the traditional pregame renditions of the national anthem, you'd have to give the edge to Argentina based on how ferociously the players sang every word. France took a more stoic tone, it seems, singing clearly but not overextending even as the tune reached its rousing crescendo. A very businesslike effort by the defending champions. -- TylerAnother Messi recordBefore a ball has even been kicked in the final, Lionel Messi has set a FIFA record for the most all-time appearances in the men's tournament. Today marks his 26th game at a World Cup final: Will it be the one in which he finally gets to hold the trophy? -- Tyler— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) December 18, 2022 Team newsAfter a scary few days in which several players were suffering from a flu-like virus, the entire France squad is fit and eligible for selection.
com/EbHvGiaBIP— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 18, 2022 116th minute: PENALTY TO FRANCE! With minutes left between them and the World Cup title, Gonzalo Montiel put his arm in the way of a speculative shot from the edge of the box and it clearly whacks his arm. Referee immediately points to the spot. Up steps Mbappe...
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