Doha: Two-time champions Argentina defeated France 4-2 in penalty shootout in the thrilling final match of the Football World Cup 2022 played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha on Sunday. Earlier, Argentina’s team became world champion in the year 1978 and 1986.
The match was tied at 3-3 in extratime. The special thing about the final match was the hat-trick of French superstar Mbappe, while Lionel Messi, who played his last World Cup, also scored two goals in the match.
France’s Mbappe converted a penalty to level the match at 3-3 after the match was tied at 2-2 in the stipulated 90 minutes. It was his hat-trick goal. In the first half of extratime, the match was tied at 2-2 even in the first 15 minutes. Then in the second half, Argentina once again took a 3-2 lead, when the goal for Argentina was scored by their star player Messi, which was his second goal of the match.
Messi scored the first goal through a penalty. After this goal, almost everyone accepted Argentina’s victory almost certain and about eighty thousand fans gathered in the stadium made Argentina champions, but about five minutes before the end of extratime, Mbappe converted the penalty into a goal to bring France to a 3-3 level.
In the remaining five minutes, no team could score a goal and the match reached a penalty shootout, in which Argentina won 4-2 to become the world champion for the third time.