Argentina won the FIFA World Cup in 2022
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Argentina won the 2022 World Cup after a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory against France in an astonishing final.
Gonzalo Montiel’s spot-kick sealed a 4-2 win in the shoot-out for the South American side at Qatar’s 89,000-capacity Lusail Stadium on Sunday after the two teams were tied at 3-3 at the end of extra time.
Lionel Messi underscored his claims of being the greatest footballer in history as Argentina prevailed on penalties after sharing a World Cup final for the ages with France. Argentina led 2-0 at halftime and 3-2 in extra time, with Messi scoring twice on either side of a goal from the exceptional Angel Di Maria.
But Messi's Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe became the second man in World Cup final history to score a hat-trick, twice holding his nerve from the penalty spot in a pulsating 3-3 draw.
He did so again at the start of the shootout, but Kinglsey Coman’s spot-kick was saved by Emiliano Martinez and Aurelien Tchoumeni fired wide. Messi, Paulo Dybala, and Leandro Paredes all converted, leaving Gonzalo Montiel to send Hugo Lloris the wrong way and secure his country’s third World Cup title.
Argentina vs France final score (Argentina won 4-2 on penalties)
ARG — Lionel Messi (23 mins, pen)
ARG — Angel Di Maria (36 mins)
FRA — Kylian Mbappe (80 mins, pen)
FRA — Kylian Mbappe (81 mins)
ARG — Lionel Messi (108 mins)
FRA — Kylian Mbappe (118 mins, pen)
Argentina won three World Cups: in 1978, 1986, and 2022. Argentina has also been runners up thrice: in 1930, 1990, and 2014. In 18 World Cup tournaments, Argentina has 47 victories in 87 matches.
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