“We won’t see anything like it again.” ”
It had it all. Superstars Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi going head-to-head Dramatic comeback goals. Nerve-wracking penalty shootout decision.
The social media world was in a state of shock, and sports stars all over the globe were captivated. Lusail Stadium saw a spectacular showpiece.
Ferdinand, BBC One: “I couldn’t imagine that happening. Where you see two great clubs going toe-to-toe and no one takes a backstep,” Ferdinand said.
“The two stars on each team fighting it out goal for goal…magnificent. ”
Alan Shearer, ex-England striker, said: “We are breathless, it is just an incredible final. It was unlike anything I have ever seen and I doubt I will ever see it again. It was amazing. ”
Argentina Manager Lionel Scaloni stated that he felt “calm” afterward, but couldn’t hide his excitement.
“The match was absolutely insane. He said, “I know we had a good match. We could have won within the first 90 minutes.”
“I feel the most happy. It is the way we did it that matters most. ”
What a stunning final!
23 minutes – Argentina 1 France – Messi scores a penal
36 mins – Argentina 2-0 France – Angel di Maria doubles Argentina’s lead
80 minutes – Argentina 2-1 France. Mbappe replies with a penalty
81 minutes – Argentina 2 – France 2 – Mbappe equalises in stunning volley
108 minutes – Argentina 3 – France 2 – Messi regains Argentina’s lead at extra-time
118 minutes – Argentina 3-3 France. Mbappe scores his hat-trick in setting-up shootout decider
The focus was on Argentina’s Messi before kick-off, as both were in the Golden Boot race and considered the stars to lead their teams to glory.
Mbappe was barely able to sniff the ball in the first period. Argentina had only four minutes to get their first shot through Alexis Mac Allister and then went on to defeat the defending champions.
Messi made his first contribution in the 23rd minutes. He scored from the penalty spot to give Argentina the lead. Angel di Maria then doubled the advantage 13 min later.
France were disorganized, Mbappe hadn’t been in the opposition box after half an hour and had the fewest touches by any player.
After 41 minutes, Didier Deschamps decided to make a double substitution. He hooked Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, and replaced them with Randal Kolo muani and Marcus Thuram.
Half-time: With no shots from Argentina or France, the score was 2-0. Reporters around the world were finishing their match reports.
But the drama had not even begun.
France was still struggling to be at their best after the 67-minute mark, but Emiliano Martinez, Argentina’s goalkeeper, made a decisive save. The game was over in the pulsating 97 seconds that followed…
Muani was knocked out by Nicolas Otamendi, and Mbappe scored a penalty that beat Martinez.
Argentina was still reeling and France fans were still cheering when Mbappe scored a spectacular second goal to make it 2-2. We’re back with extra time.
This was Messi’s night. He thought he was in control when he crossed the line. It sparked wild celebrations in the 108th minute.
Mbappe wasn’t done though. Mbappe’s hat-trick came in the 118th minute. He became the second man (after England’s Sir Geoff Hurst) to score three goals during a World Cup final. A penalty shootout followed.
Argentina had lost their lead twice in the match and finally took the trophy home after Martinez saved Kingsley Coman from a spot-kick, and Aurelien Tchouameni lobbed his shot wide.