An Iconic Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha, the chants of the South Americans were heard where the support from their fans made those of Scaloni feel local. A grandstand of about 90,000 attendees, a majority attended dressed in the albiceleste, lit up from the initial whistle.
With 23 minutes left on the clock before a very controversial penalty in favor of Argentina, Messi scored the first goal of the game. This decision of the arbitrator will not be exempt from future discussions, of those that are well known in Mexico.
Barely 13 minutes later, a fast and accurate play by the experienced Ángel Di Maria, who is living his last World Cup, crowded the second into the Lloris goal, giving the South Americans the two-goal lead.
With a difficult second half, the French tried to come back, in what seemed to be a victory for the Argentines.
However, a free kick in the penalty area in favor of France over time with 80 minutes charged by Mbappé managed to put the first of the Europeans and they had not finished celebrating when a minute later the PSG striker scored the second by “le bleus”, closing the game to a draw, which resulted in a much more dynamic game after a very poor second half.
The French were not going to deliver the crown so easily, the tie in regular time sent it into extra time, increasing the tension to the maximum.
The duel between the stars of Paris St-Germain, Lio Messi and Kylian Mbappé lasted another 30 minutes in Qatar offering the genius of the two most powerful teams in this tournament.
In the second extra time, the tie was broken with a score at 108 by Lio Messi, which means his seventh goal in Qatar and surpassed Pelé in World Cups.
In the last breaths of the game, a handball by Paredes scored a penalty in favor of “le bleus” and Mbappé’s precision rescued France, equalizing the squad with three goals per side. Everything would be defined in penalties.
Two failures by the French team tore away the soccer monarchy and Argentina won the championship in Qatar 2022. A 3-3 draw and 4-2 penalties in favor of the Albicelestes.
In a cardiac final, France could not bring the two-time championship to Paris and the third star, so in Buenos Aires the champions will be received on Avenida 9 de Julio at the foot of the iconic Obelisk of the Argentine capital.