Argentina defeat France in thriller to win World Cup

Argentina defeat France in thriller to win World Cup
Argentina defeated France on penalties to win the Qatar World Cup in dramatic fashion, after foiling two comebacks by Les Bleus.
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18 December, 2022
Lionel Messi led Argentina to their first World Cup win since 1986 [Julian Finney/Getty]

Argentina won the World Cup on Sunday after beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties, following a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time.

Both Mbappe and Messi turned on the style during the game, with the Frenchman grabbing a hat-trick and Messi scoring two before Argentina eventually got over the line in a pulsating final. 

Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman's penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide to give Argentina their first world title since 1986, and third overall.

France had come from two goals down to level over 90 minutes with Kylian Mbappe netting twice in two minutes, including an 80th-minute penalty.

The France striker completed his hat-trick in the 118th with another spot-kick after Argentina's Lionel Messi had tapped in for a 3-2 lead in the 109th.

Argentina had gone 2-0 up in the first half with Messi, making a record-breaking 26th World Cup appearance, converting a 23rd-minute penalty.

They struck again with a sublime four-pass counter-attack as Alexis Mac Allister's cutback found Angel Di Maria and he finished well.