World Cup final: Argentina defeats France on penalties in Qatar’s dramatic spectacle
Lionel Messi has guided Argentina to the World Cup title after beating France on penalties in one of the most exciting highlights in the tournament’s history.
Argentina appeared to have thrown away the trophy after Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the final 10 minutes to take the tie into extra time after a Messi penalty and an impressive finish from Angel di Maria saw Argentina 2-2 in the opening game : 0 had led half.
Messi restored the lead in extra time before Mbappe stunned the South Americans again with a penalty and forced a penalty shoot-out with his third shot – the first hat-trick in a World Cup final since 1966.
But Kingsley Coman saved his penalty from Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Aurelien Tchouameni then went wide, allowing Gonzalo Montiel to head home the winner and spark incredible scenes.
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Referee: Szymon Marciniak
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Game ends, Argentina 3 (4), France 3 (2).
Penalty shootout ends, Argentina 3 (4), France 3 (2).
Goal! Argentina 3 (4), France 3 (2). Gonzalo Montiel (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Emiliano Martínez (Argentina) is yellow carded.
Goal! Argentina 3 (3), France 3 (2). Randal Kolo Muani (France) converts the penalty right footed shot high in the goal.
Goal! Argentina 3 (3), France 3 (1). Leandro Paredes (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner.
Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Aurélien Tchouaméni (France) – the right footed shot goes wide, but the ball goes wide to the left. Aurélien Tchouaméni may be disappointed.
Goal! Argentina 3 (2), France 3 (1). Paulo Dybala (Argentina) converts the penalty, left footed shot to the center of the goal.
Penalty saved! Kingsley Coman (France) misses this great chance, a right footed shot is saved into the bottom left corner.
Goal! Argentina 3 (1), France 3 (1). Lionel Messi (Argentina) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Goal! Argentina 3, France 3 (1). Kylian Mbappé (France) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty shoot-out starts Argentina 3, France 3.
Second half extra time ends, Argentina 3, France 3.
attempt failed. Lautaro Martínez (Argentina) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gonzalo Montiel after a counterattack.
attempt saved. Randal Kolo Muani (France) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ibrahima Konaté with a through ball.
Offside Argentina. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Lautaro Martínez is caught offside.
Substitution, Argentina. Paulo Dybala replaces Nicolás Tagliafico.
Substitution, France. Axel Disasi replaces Jules Kounde.
Corner, Argentina. Cashed in by Jules Koundé.
Goal! Argentina 3, France 3 Kylian Mbappé (France) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
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