FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina became world champion after 36 years
Lusail. All-time great footballer Lionel Andres Messi helped Argentina beat France 3-3 (Shootout 4-2) in a thrilling final on Sunday to win the FIFA World Cup 2022 title after 36 years. Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Argentina in the 23rd minute before Angel Di Maria doubled the lead in the 36th minute in the title clash at the Lusail Stadium.
Argentina were heading for a one-sided victory but Kylian Mbappe scored in the 80th and 81st minutes to put defending champions France back in the match. Messi scored in the 109th minute to give Argentina the lead again, but Mbappe scored in the 118th minute to take the match to a penalty shootout.
Mbappe opened France’s account with a goal in the shootout, but apart from him, only Kolo Muani could score for France. On the other hand, Messi, Dybala, Paredes and Montiel scored in the shootout to make Argentina world champions after four decades.
Argentina is the first non-European team to win the title in 20 years. Messi, playing his last World Cup, also fulfilled his dream of crowning the world champion with this victory.