Lionel Messi’s dream of becoming a world champion has come true. Argentina beat France 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out in the FIFA World Cup final played on Sunday. Both the teams were tied at 2-2 till the stipulated 90 minutes.
The match was tied 3-3 after extra time. After this, the decision was taken by penalty shootout. Messi scored two goals in the final. At the same time, Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick for France.
Argentina has won the World Cup after 36 years. Earlier, he got the title success in 1986. This is Argentina’s overall third title. The team became world champion for the first time in 1978.
At the same time, France’s dream of becoming world champion for the second time in a row remained incomplete. The team became the champion in 2018. France has lost in the penalty shootout in the final of the World Cup for the second time.
Earlier in 2006, they had lost in the penalty shootout in the final against Italy.
Argentina kept the pressure on France throughout the first half. The team didn’t give France a single shot at the goal. Whereas, Argentina had 6 shots on goal in the first half. Goals also came on 2 of these shots.
Argentina held ball possession 60% of the time. He took two corners in the first half but did not allow France to take a single corner.
France dominated the second half. French player Kylian Embappé scored two goals in the 80th and 81st minutes of the second half. In the second half, both the teams had 6 shots on goal, but only France could convert 2 shots on goal. In the second half, Argentina took 2 and France took 3 corners.
France made 2 substitutions in the first half. The team manager sent off Ousmane Dembele in the 41st minute to bring in Randal Kolo Muani.
Then sending out Oliver Giraud, who scored 4 goals in the tournament for the team, sent Marcus Thuram to the field.
Star footballer Lionel Messi played in his second World Cup final. He also played for Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. The team was then defeated 1–0 by Germany. This was also the 26th match of Messi’s World Cup career.
Messi broke the record of Germany’s Lothar Matthaus. Lothar holds the record of playing 25 World Cup matches. During this, he scored 8 assists and 13 goals. Of these, 3 assists and 7 goals came in this tournament.