Qatar 2022: Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties to win World Cup


Photo: Argentina players celebrate their victory over defending champions, France, in Doha, after waiting for 36 years since 1986, to lay their hands on the trophy.

Argentina have won the World Cup on after beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties.

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The victory on Sunday evening, which is Argentina’s third World Cup, follows a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time.

Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide to give Argentina their first world title since 1986.

France had come from two goals down to level over 90 minutes with Kylian Mbappe netting twice in two minutes, including an 80th-minute penalty.

The France striker completed his hat-trick in the 118th with another spot-kick after Argentina’s Lionel Messi had tapped in for a 3-2 lead in the 109th.

Argentina had gone 2-0 up in the first half with Messi, making a record-breaking 26th World Cup appearance, converting a 23rd-minute penalty.

They struck again with a sublime four-pass counter-attack as Alexis Mac Allister’s cutback found Angel Di Maria and he finished well.

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