FULL-TIME, Argentina 3-3 France (ARG 4-2 FRA pens): The greatest football match of all time ends with a World Cup trophy for the greatest football player of all time. Argentina have won it, and Lionel Messi is immortal. What an unforgettable day.
PENALTY SHOOTOUT: ARGENTINA WIN 4-2 ON PENALTIES!!!
FULL-TIME, Argentina 3-3 France (AET): The greatest football match of all-time is going to penalties. As it should.
GOAL! Argentina 3-3 France (Mbappé pen 118’): IT’S THREE-THREE!!! Mbappé completes a World Cup Final hat-trick and we are all square again!!! THE GREATEST GAME EVER!
116’ PENALTY TO FRANCE! INCREDIBLE! Mbappé’s shot is blocked by Montiel’s arm inside the box and the referee points to the spot!
GOAL!!! Argentina 3-2 France (Messi 109’): ARGENTINA ARE BACK IN FRONT! Lautaro fires a rocket that is saved by Lloris but Messi is there and gets the rebound over the line!
EXTRA-TIME KICKOFF! Argentina 2-2 France: And we’re underway for the bonus period!
FULL-TIME, Argentina 2-2 France: Argentina had it. For 80 minutes. Then Kylian Mbappé happened, and this remarkable World Cup Final is going to extra-time. As it should.
GOAL! Argentina 2-2 France (Mbappé 82’): FRANCE EQUALIZE! An incredible turnaround as Mbappé makes a one-two at the edge of the box and fires a beautiful volley into the corner! WHAT A GAME!
GOAL! Argentina 2-1 France (Mbappé pen 80’): GAME ON! Mbappé steps up and fires it into the corner just beyond the reach of Emi Martínez, and this one is not over yet!
78’ PENALTY TO FRANCE! The referee points to the spot as Kolo Muani goes down under the challenge of Otamendi and France have a golden chance!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Argentina 2-0 France: Back underway at the Lusail Stadium!
HALFTIME, Argentina 2-0 France: A dream first half from Argentina who completely dominated the period with their intensity and their speed while France were second-best in every department. Argentina’s second goal is one of the greatest ever scored in the World Cup, and Lionel Messi is 45 minutes away from football immortality.
GOAL!!! Argentina 2-0 France (Di María 36’): ARGENTINA DOUBLE THE LEAD! The Albiceleste put together a counter-attack for the ages and Mac Allister gives Di María a tap-in to make it 2-0! WHAT A GOAL!!!
GOAL!!! Argentina 1-0 France (Messi pen 23’): ARGENTINA TAKE THE LEAD!!! The GOAT steps up to the spot, shows amazing composure and sends Lloris the wrong way to put the Albiceleste in front!
21’ PENALTY TO ARGENTINA! Ousmane Dembélé pushes Di María in the back inside the box and the referee points to the spot!
KICKOFF! Argentina 0-0 France: And we’re underway at the Lusail Stadium!
WELCOME TO THE LUSAIL STADIUM!!! This spectacular venue in Al Daayen is the site of the biggest match in sports as Argentina and France face off in the World Cup Final for the right to call themselves world champions. This is one of the most anticipated finals in history and Barcelona fans will be glued to the screens as Lionel Messi looks to finally win the World Cup against Jules Kounde, Ousmane Dembélé and the rest of the very talented French team who are looking for back-to-back titles. What a game this promises to be, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: E. Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Di María, De Paul, Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez (4-4-2)
Substitutes: Armani (GK), Rulli (GK), Pezzella, Lisandro M., Foyth, Montiel, Acuña, G. Rodríguez, Paredes, Palacios, Almada, P. Gómez, Dybala, Á. Correa, Lautaro
Starting XI: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez; Tchouaméni, Rabiot; Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé; Giroud (4-2-3-1)
Substitutes: Mandanda (GK), Areola (GK), Saliba, Konaté, Disasi, Pavard, Fofana, Veretout, Guendouzi, Camavinga, Coman, Thuram, Muani
Competition/Round: 2022 FIFA World Cup Final
Date/Time: Sunday, December 18, 2022, 6pm local time, 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 4pm WAT (Nigeria), 8.30pm IST (India)
Venue: Lusail Stadium, Al Daayen
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: FOX (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), others
Online: FOX Sports App, Sling TV (USA), others
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