Today’s match between Argentina and France was arguably the best World Cup final ever and certainly the best one that I can remember. The hype around this matchup was Lionel Messi and his chase for his first World Cup in what he has said was his last run. On the other side, France was looking to become only the third team to repeat as World Cup champions. Now let’s get into the action from the match.

This game started off with pure dominance from Argentina. In the 21st minute, Argentinian midfielder Angel DiMaria worked into the 18-yard box and was tripped up from behind, awarding Argentina a penalty kick. Messi calmly stepped up and slotted it in the bottom right corner past French keeper Hugo Lloris. Then in the 36th minute, Argentina scored another from the foot of DiMaria after a beautiful build-up. At 2-0, France looked down and out but credit to them for not giving up. France made two subs right before half time including subbing out Oliver Giroud. These subs revitalized the French and allowed them to be much more competitive in the 2nd half.

It took until the 79th minute for France to score. The goal was a penalty from Kylian Mbappé, which he buried in the bottom left corner. Less than two minutes later Mbappé scored another goal to tie this one up at 2-2. This game then headed to extra time where more chaos would ensue. In extra time, nobody scored in the first half, but quickly into the 2nd half, Messi netted his 2nd goal of the game on a rebound to give Argentina the 3-2 lead. If this wasn’t crazy enough in the 116th minute with just four minutes to go, Mbappé fired a shot that hit the hand of the Argentinian defender for a penalty kick. The 23-year-old Mbappé stepped up and blasted the ball into the side net to tie this game up once again and secure a hat trick.

Eventually, this game headed to a penalty shootout where Argentina would win 4-2 with the final kick coming from the leg of Gonzalo Montiel. Argentina secures their 3rd World Cup title and Lionel Messi cements his name in history as the greatest to ever do it. Overall, this was an amazing World Cup hosted by Qatar. I am looking forward to the next one which will be hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026. The next world cup is rumored to have an expanded playing field potentially going from 32 to 48 teams and could feature teams that we have never seen before. Congratulations to Argentina on a well-deserved victory!

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