Argentina wins World Cup final against France in penalty shootout
After a 3-3 tie, Argentina beat France to win the 2022 World Cup final. After a tie of 2-2, the game entered 30 minutes.
France had two penalties kicks, while Argentina had four.
The match was scheduled Lionel MessiThe popular Argentinian athlete announced that he would be retiring from the World Cup after his last game. Team’s victory against Croatia In last week’s semi finals. Messi won the coveted Golden Ball, which is a prize awarded to the tournament’s top player, after their win in the final. He is now the only World Cup player to have received the Golden Ball twice in its history.
Argentina began strong in Sunday’s match and led France by 2-0 at half-time. Messi and Angel Di Maria scored goals in the first half. Messi scored on a 23-minute penalty kick following a foul on Di Maria. Thirteen minutes later, Di Maria scored following a five-pass team move that involved a deft flick by Messi. France’s Kylian Mabappe scored the first goal for his team in the 71st minutes, and quickly followed it up with another.
Mbappe scored the third goal for the team on a penalty kick. He is only the second player to score a hat trick in a World Cup final — scoring three goals in one match. Mbappe won the Golden Boot, the tournament’s top goal-scorer, despite France’s loss.
Di Maria, who was injured in Argentina’s final round of group games, started the match for France. Leandro Paredes was replaced in the midfield by Di Maria. The team again used a 4-4-2 formation with Messi as one of the forwards. France’s Mbappe was paired with Olivier Giroud who had just recovered from a minor knee injury. Dayot Upamecano, Adrien Rabiot, and Ibrahima Konate, were also replaced due to illness.
Messi now has 13 World Cup goals. He is also the first player to score in both the group stage as well as every round of the knockout phase in a single edition. Mbappe, on the other hand, has 12 goals, which is the same as Brazilian icon Pele.
Messi’s 26th appearance at the World Cup was a record, breaking the tie with Lothar Matthaus of Germany. These matches were played over five World Cups that began in 2006. Pele is sixth in the list of World Cup goals scored by a single player. Messi’s 12 goals place him in sixth place.
Emmanuel Macron, the French President, was among the cheering crowds at Lusail stadium on Sunday. 45 minutes before kickoff Macron was seen in the VIP section chatting with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Swedish striker) and Paul Pogba (France midfielder), who had to watch the entire World Cup live from the sidelines because of an injury.
Pogba scored in Pogba’s final, when France won the 2018 World Cup. However, he was not fit to be selected for this tournament. Macron was also present at the final four years back, when France beat Croatia 4-2, which was later celebrated with players in a locker room.
The World Cup champions will be awarded $42 million in prize money to their soccer federation, while the losing team in final will receive $30 million from a FIFA prize pool of $440 million.
Players do not receive all the money, but they will be expected to receive a significant portion. French players like Kylian Mbappe will be receiving a bonus of 554,000 euros (or $586,000) from their federation in recognition of winning the final, French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported.
The prize money for third-place Croatia was $27 million. Morocco, which finished fourth, will be paid $25 millions.
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