Argentina wins the World Cup, beating France on penalties

(NEXSTAR) – After regulation time, two overtimes and penalties, Argentina defeated defending champions France in the World Cup final at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

This is the third time Argentina has won the greatest football tournament.

In the end it was substitute Gonzalo Montiel who ended the dramatic World Cup final with the winning goal. Argentina won the penalty shoot-out 4-2 after being tied 2-2 after 90 minutes of play and two periods of extra time.

In what may be his last World Cup, Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the game with a 23rd-minute penalty. A short time later, Angel Di Maria scored to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over France at half-time.

Frenchman Kylian Mbappé scored a penalty in the second half to make it 2-1. A minute later, Mbappé scored again to equalize 2-2.

The result lasted until the second half and sent the game into overtime.

Messi scored again in the 109th minute to make it 3-2.

Eight minutes late, Mbappé struck from the penalty spot, leveling the score at 3-3 and completing a hat-trick for the night.

After the two overtime periods, it went to penalties. Argentina won the World Cup with four goals, two more than France.

France’s Kingsley Coman and Aurélien Tchouaméni missed their penalty, while all four Argentinian players who hit the bull’s-eye made their own.

The victory finally makes Messi, who has played 26 World Cups, the world champion.

Argentina won their previous World Cup titles in 1978 and 1986. In Qatar, the country confirmed their win at last year’s Copa America, their first major title since 1993. It’s the culmination of Messi’s international career, which may not yet be over at 35 years old , because he plays as good as ever.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Argentina wins the World Cup, beating France on penalties

Sarah Y. Kim

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