Messi’s Argentina Beat Mbappé’s France In Penalty Shootout
It is probably the most sensational final in the tournament's 92-year history, Lionel Messi’s Argentina beat Kylian Mbappé’s France in a penalty shootout in FIFA World Cup 2022 at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Sunday. It was Argentina’s 3rd World Cup title after 36 years. The previous two are in 1978 and 1986. Argentina replicated their Copa America success from the previous year in Qatar and won its first major trophy since 1993. It's a thrilling conclusion to Messi's international career, which is still ongoing. Messi, the “Greatest Of All Time”, will continue to play with the national team.
The South American team, from the beginning, showed its dominance over France by leading pretty early in the final match. Messi didn’t miss an opportunity to convert a penalty into a goal in the 23rd minute. The lead was further cemented when Angel Di Maria rubbed salt into the wounds of France by scoring a goal in the next 13th minute(36th minute). The match was in the favour of Argentina till 80th minute and it seemed it was a one sided game. But France's Kylian Mbappe was not about to sit quietly. He geared up by converting a penalty into a goal and revived France’s hope. In a stunning comeback, Mbappe scored once more in the 81st minute to make the score 2-2 and erase Argentina's advantage. The extra time had to decide the outcome of the game. Messi's goal in the 108th minute sent the game into extra time, and Mbappe's penalty goal in the 118th minute tied the score at 3-3. Finally, a penalty shootout was to decide the fate.
Mbappe looked immeasurably cool and shot to the keeper’s right. Martinez guessed it right but failed to stop. Lionel Messi went to the right of the France goalkeeper, a grounded penalty that wasn't hit with a lot of pace but just enough to keep it out of Lloris’ reach. Argentina drew level. Coman’s kick did not quite have the same composure or the power of Mbappe. It went to the keeper’s right, but this time Martinez was equal to it. Dybala slotted the ball right down the middle. Lloris goes to his left, got beaten comprehensively. Dybala did the job for his team. It was an Advantage for Argentina. Tchouameni struck his penalty wide down Martinez’s right and it missed the target. Paredes’s kick is sent firmly hit to the right of Lloris and kept it low. Lloris got a touch on it but it was too powerfully struck to be stopped. Argentina now has a hand on the Cup. Incredible pressure on Muani, knowing if he missed his side lost, and he just put his boot through it and went down the middle to score. Montiel is another substitute who scored and sent Lloris the wrong way. He hit it to the right corner, Lloris went left. Fate has spoken. Argentina won 4-2 in a penalty shootout. Celebrations begin. Messi’s dream is complete.
Argentina’s head coach Lionel Scaloni held up the trophy after winning the World Cup final match. Messi won his first World Cup trophy of his brilliant career with the victory. He received the "Golden Ball" for the competition's best all-around effort. Mbappe was the top goal scorer in this World Cup with eight goals, earning him the title of "Golden Boot." Emiliano Martinez of Argentina received the "Golden Glove," given to the competition's top goalkeeper.
The Qatar World Cup would close its doors after 28 days and 64 matches—leaving us with memories of the first-ever Middle Eastern version. Everything and more was produced throughout this competition. The campaigns of his two outstanding contemporaries, Christiano Ronaldo and Neymar, did come to an unfortunate conclusion. There is a sense that a generation is coming to an end. There would never be another World Cup including Messi and Ronaldo, Thomas Muller and Sergio Busquets. A new generation, however, consisting of Jamal Musiala, Gvardiol, Bukayo Saka, and Pedri, is poised to captivate. One can look back on recollections of Qatar to squelch the desire for football that would consume them for the ensuing two weeks. We will remember the football festival in Qatar for its depictions of outstanding talent, persistence, and verve as well as the colour and fervour the spectators brought.