Lionel Messi has finally done it.
Argentina won the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, defeating France in penalty kicks in one of the most dramatic matches in the history of the sport. After a 3-3 tie through extra time, Argentina won 4-2 in penalty kicks.
Messi scored twice in the match, including a goal in the 108th minute that appeared to win it for Argentina. However, Kylian Mbappe scored on a penalty kick in the 118th minute to complete the hat trick. Mbappé had previously scored two goals in two minutes to even the match in the 81st minute.
With the win, Messi won his first World Cup and will likely go out a champion as he’s indicated this will be his final World Cup.
Here’s everything that happened in Sunday’s classic.
8′: Argentina close to getting on the board first
Rodrigo DePaul had a solid opportunity for Argentina in the early minutes but his shot was blocked and went out for a corner kick.
10′: Hugo Lloris slow to get up
The French goalie needed a few moments to gather himself after a collision on a contested ball in the box. Lloris remained in the match.
17′: Opportunity wasted for Argentina
Argentina controlled much of the match in the early minutes. It got a golden opportunity after France turned the ball over on its own side of the field, but angel di maria wasn’t able to capitalize on the chance.
20′: Giroud a little too aggressive
Olivier Giroud‘s header of the set piece sailed over the net, though he committed a foul while trying to get to the ball.
21′: Argentina draws a penalty kick
Di María got a clear path into the box but was fouled by Ousmane Dembelegiving Argentina a penalty kick.
23′: Messi magic puts Argentina up 1-0
Did you expect anything different? Lionel Messi took advantage of the opportunity and scored on the PK to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. With the goal, Messi became the first player in World Cup history to score in all four knockout rounds.
The goal certainly brought a lot of excitement to the Argentinian fans in Doha.
And Messi played it cool in the celebration.
36′: Di María makes up for missed chance and puts Argentina up 2-0
Argentina got out in front on the attack after forcing a turnover around midfield. Alexis Mac Allister found an open Di María on the other side of the box to make it 2-0 Argentina. While many questioned his insertion into the lineup, Di María has proved he belongs as he drew the PK that set up Argentina’s first goal of the match.
41′: France already making changes
Halftime: Argentina holds a 2-0 lead
The defending World Cup champs’ quest to be the first nation to win back-to-back titles is in jeopardy. Argentina has dominated much of the final, scoring two goals while France has yet to even record a shot.
Fans back in Buenos Aires are certainly feeling the excitement.
60′: Argentina searching for a 3-0 lead
Di María found Messi open in the box, but the superstar striker wasn’t able to create magic.
63′: Argentina close again
Julian Alvarez‘s pass to Mac Allister was just a bit too hard on what would’ve been a golden chance to make it 3-0 Argentina.
64′: Di Maria subs out and getss an applause
The decision to start Di María paid off for Argentina as he scored its second goal and played a major role in its first one.
71′: Mbappé finally gets a shot off, but misses
France has struggled to get a shot off all match and its superstar didn’t record his first shot until the 71st minute, which sailed over the net.
79′: Penalty kick for France!
France has a chance to make it interesting after Randal Color drew a penalty.
80′: Mbappé gets France on the board
Kylian Mbappe put France on the board with his PK to make it 2-1 with at least 10 minutes remaining.
81′: Mbappé magic ties it!
We’ve got a thriller in the World Cup final as Mbappé capitalized on the Messi turnover to even the match up and bring France back from the dead.
87′: No PK for France here
France looked like it was going to have an opportunity to take a 3-2 lead on a penalty kick. However, Thuram was hit with a yellow card instead for diving.
90′ + 4′: France so close to taking the lead
France created chaos in front of the net in added on time, believing it also drew a penalty in the box. But the ball found its way back to Argentina.
90′ + 7′: Messi nearly wins it
Messi nearly scored a goal for the ages as his strike was on target but Lloris made the big save to send the match to extra time.
Onto extra time
France’s hopes to repeat as World Cup champions looked finished for much of the second half. But a penalty in the 80th minute kept it alive and Mbappé scored a second goal to even the match in the blink of an eye.
105′: France gets a huge tackle to keep the match even
105′ + 1′: Martinez misses again
The Argentinian striker had another great chance but it went wide.
108′: Messi does it again for Argentina!
Messi might have just won the World Cup for Argentina with a wild goal in front of the net. Argentina was just barely on side and Messi got the ball off a rebound and kicked it in the net even though a French defender got a foot on it as the ball already crossed the line.
116′: Handball gives France a PK!
France will get at least one more great opportunity to even the match after Mbappe’s strike hit the arm of a Gonzalo Montiel in the box.
118′: Mbappé scores on the PK to even the match!
Mbappé completed the hat trick by converting on the penalty kick.
120′ + 3′: What a save!
Emi Martinez made the boot save to save Argentina and send the match to PKs.
Mbappé, Messi trade goals in opening round of PKs
Martinez gets the stop for Argentina, Dyabala scores in Round 2
France misses, Argentina scores in Round 3
Gonzalo Montiel wins the World Cup for Argentina!
It took four rounds for Argentina to win it as it scored in all four rounds to help win its first World Cup since 1986.
Argentina celebrates its first World Cup title in 36 years
Messi shared hugs with everyone, including his kids following the match
Buenos Aires went nuts!
Martinez consoled Mbappé following the hard-fought match.
Martinez and Argentinian manager Lionel Scaloni were emotional after the win
Messi sneaked in a kiss with the World Cup trophy when he collected the Golden Ball trophy.
France collected its silver medals.
Messi and Argentina lift the trophy!
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