Argentina lead France 3-2 in extra time in World Cup final

Argentina led defending champions France 3-2 in the 2022 World Cup final in Lusail, Qatar on Sunday. The match ended in a 2–2 draw and he went into 30 minutes of extra time.

Expected matches marked Lionel Messi‘s last World Cup game, as the popular Argentinian player announced after him Team victory over Croatia semi-finals last week.

Argentina got off to a strong start to Sunday’s game, beating France 2-0 by halftime. Both Messi and Angel Di Maria scored goals in the first half of the match, with Messi scoring from a 23rd minute penalty kick after a foul on Di Maria. Di Maria scored 13 minutes later after completing a five-pass team move that included Messi’s deft flick. France’s Kylian his Mbappe scored the team’s first goal in the 71st minute, and soon scored another.

Di Maria, who started for the first time since suffering a foot injury in Argentina’s match against Poland in the final round of the group game, was replaced by Leandro in the midfield as the team played out a 4-4-2 formation again. Replaced Paredes. Messi leads as one of the two forwards. Mbappe started in the French front line alongside Olivier Giroud, who has overcome a minor knee injury. Dayot Upamecano and Adrian Rabiot also started after being replaced by Ibrahima Konate and Yusuf Fofana respectively due to illness.

Messi now has the same 12 World Cup goals as Brazilian icon Pele and is the first player to score in every round of the group and knockout stages in one edition of the tournament.

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France’s Kylian Mbappé scored his team’s first goal from the penalty spot during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France on December 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar.

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26 World Cup appearances is a record in itself, breaking a record previously tied with Germany’s Lothar Matthaus. These matches spanned his five World Cups from 2006 onwards. His 12 goals for Messi means he ranks sixth alongside Pele for most World Cup goals scored by a single player in tournament history.

French President Emmanuel Macron was among the cheering crowds that filled the stands of Lusail Stadium on Sunday. About 45 minutes before kick-off, Macron was in his VIP section in Paris, where he played four seasons in Saint-Germain. French midfielder Paul He was seen chatting with Pogba. to injury.

Pogba scored in the final when France won the 2018 World Cup, but was unfit for the tournament’s selection. Macron was also present in the final four years ago when France defeated Croatia in his 4-2 victory, after which he toasted with the players in his locker room.

The World Cup champions will win $42 million in prize money for their football federations, while the team that loses in the final will win $30 million from the $440 million FIFA Prize Fund.

Not all the money goes to players, but they are expected to receive a good portion. French players such as Kylian Mbappé will be paid a bonus of €554,000 (or $586,000) by the federation for winning the final, the French sports daily L’Equipe reported.

Third-placed Croatia will receive $27 million in prize money, while Morocco, who finished fourth, will receive $25 million. Argentina lead France 3-2 in extra time in World Cup final

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