On December 18 2022, the final match of the FIFA World Cup (Fifa World Cup Final 2022) took place at the Lusail International Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. The match pitted Argentina against the Reigning Champions, France, and it was a closely contested match that ended in a 3-3 draw after regulation and extra time.
The match went to a penalty shootout, and Argentina ultimately triumphed, winning 4-2 on penalties to claim the World Cup trophy. This was Argentina’s third World Cup victory, with their previous win in 1986.
The Match – Fifa World Cup Final 2022
Both Argentina and France were strong contenders for the World Cup, and the final match was a tense and closely contested affair. Initially it looked like Argentina and Messi would have an easy win as they were leading by 2-0.
Argentina took full advantage in the first half by scoring two goals, 1st one scored by Lionel Messi via penalty kick which came in at the 23rd minute of the game. The 2nd goal scored by Argentina was a beautiful show of their teamwork scored by one of the greats of their side Ángel Di María in the 36th minute of the game.
The Tight Defence of Argentina made it very difficult for France especially in the first half and also the Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, the ‘Golden Hand’ of the Tournament, was in fine form and made a number of impressive saves to keep France at Bay.
In the Second Half, in the 80th minute Argentina made a foul inside the box and France got a Penalty kick which was converted by Kylian Mbappé and 97 seconds later he scored another goal to equalise the game.
During Extra Time, Argentina got back up on their feet and Messi added another from close range. The whole Argentina Bench ran into the field celebrating, but it was somehow not enough drama for a night to remember.
Mbappe in the 117th minute of the game got another penalty which he scored and tied the game again.
The Penalty Shootout
One of the all-time greatest finals was to be decided by a shootout, a nerve-wracking and high-stakes way to determine the winner of the World Cup.
Argentina seemed to have an upper hand Emiliano Martinez the Argentine goalkeeper is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers during these situations.
Mbappe converted his third penalty in the game but Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni missed, the French goalkeeper was never close to saving the Albiceleste’s attempts, leaving Mbappe in disbelief.
The Fifa World Cup Final 2022 between Argentina and France was a thrilling and closely contested match, with both teams giving it their all on the pitch. In the end, it was Argentina who came out on top, winning the match on penalties and securing their third World Cup trophy. While France was left heartbroken by the loss, they can hold their heads high knowing that they put in a strong performance and gave it their all in the final.