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Argentina lift 2022 World Cup

Story by Mthokozisi Dube

Argentina beat FRANCE 4-2 on penalties to lift the 2022 World Cup final in a match played at the iconic Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

A brimming iconic Lusail stadium was the perfect setting for the 2022 world cup final fixture pitting defending champions France who were starring a back-to-back World Cup title against Argentina.

Six goals were scored in the final which went to the extra time with the two teams tied on 2 goals apiece.

The extra time also saw two goals being scored forcing a lottery after a three-all stalemate.

The French suffered a heartbreak as Argentina rose on their penalty ability to wrestle the crown from the defending champions courtesy of a 4-2 score line.

During regulation time, Lionel Messi and Kyllian Mbappe were the star attractions, netting a brace apiece for their sides, proving their worth in the final.

Argentina had drawn first blood through a Messi penalty after a foul on Angel Di Maria.

Moments after the half-hour mark, Dimaria added the tally after clinically finishing off a seven-touch build-up involving the Argentine captain, giving the south Americans a two-nil lead and going for the breather.

French coach Didier Deschamps made two substitutions in either half with the second-half substitution giving him the much sought change.

Mbappe netted twice in two minutes after first converting a penalty.

In contention for the Golden Boot gong, Mbappe made no mistake and scored the spot kick after a Kalo Mouhani foul, keeping alive hopes of a dramatic comeback.

A minute later, Mbappe connected a first touch to score another spectacular goal a minute to level matters, taking his tally to seven in the 2022 edition.

Messi netted the third goal, but it was Mbappe who responded with another finish, forcing a three-all stalemate and setting the stage for the lottery. The French missed two spot kicks, while Argentina converted all their spot kicks.   

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