As the dust settles, the truth grows. Lionel Messi is a World Cup Champion. Argentina defeated France in the World Cup final at the iconic Lusail Stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for a stunning third time. With the arrival of club football looming on the horizon there is plenty of reaction.
Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 23 minutes before Angel Di Maria finished off a brilliant counter-attack to add a second in the first half. Argentina were in cruise control and France failed to register a shot until midway through the second period.
But Lionel Scaloni’s side were stunned late on, with Kylian Mbappe managing a penalty of his own and then leveling the scores with a stunning volley a minute from time. Messi thought he had won in the second half of extra-time before Mbappe completed his hat-trick with another spot-kick two minutes from time to send it to a shoot-out.
And Amy Martinez saw the players save Kingsley Coman’s penalty before successfully winning a mind game with Aurelian Dichoumeni who shot wide. Gonzalo Montiel scored the winner in Argentina’s flawless shoot-out win, sparking wild celebrations in Qatar and around the world.
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