RELIVE: Argentina v France (World Cup 2022 Final)

Ahram Online provided a live update coverage of the World Cup final game between Argentina and France on Sunday.

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Dec 2022,
France s forward #10 Kylian Mbappe vies with Argentina s forward #10 Lionel Messi during the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 18, 2022

Full time: Argentina 3-3 France (4-2 on penalties)
Scorers: Messi 23 pen, 109, Di Maria 36/ Mbappe 80 pen, 81, 118 pen

It's over! Argentina are crowned world champions for the first time since 1986 with a 4-2 shootout win over France following a remarkable 3-3 draw. Thanks for following our live updates.

-Mbappe scores the first penalty for France 
-Messi scores the first penalty for Argentina

-Coman wastes the second penalty for France
-Dybala scores the second penalty for Argentina

-Tchouameni wastes the third penalty for France
- Paredes scores the third penalty for Argentina

-Kolo Muani scores the fourth penalty for France
-Montiel scores the fourth penalty for Argentina

The referee blows his final whistle, we are now heading to penalties! 

120+3' At the other end, Lautaro Martinez sends a free header wide in a crazy end to the game! 

120+3' France spurn a golden chance at the death! Martinez thwarts Kolo Muani in a one-on-one.

120+1' Argentina make a substitution. Dybala replaces Tagliafico.

120+1' France make a substitution. Disasi replaces Kounde. 

120' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time. 

120' A cross from Mbappe almost nestles into the net! It eludes everyone and narrowly misses the target. 

118' Mbappe converts a penalty to complete his hat-trick and bring France level in one of the most exciting World Cup finals ever! 


116' A penalty for France!!! Montiel is penalized for a handball following a shot from Mbappe. 

116' Argentina make a substitution. MacAllister makes way for Pezzella.

114' Argentina midfielder Paredes receives a yellow card for a challenge on Camavinga. 

113' France make a substitution. Varane makes way for fellow central defender Konate. 

111' Messi closes in on a memorable triumph, but can France stage another comeback? 

109' Messi restores Argentina's lead with a tap-in on the rebound after an angled shot from Lautaro Martinez is parried by the keeper into his path following a well-worked move. What a dream night! 


107' A half-volley from Messi is saved by Lloris at his near post. 

The second half of extra time is underway

The referee blows his whistle to end the first half of extra time 

105+1' Martines again misses a sitter! He breaks clear following a long ball but he misses the target after being closed down by Upamecano. 

105' What a chance for Argentina! Messi finds Martinez in the area but his goal-bound shot is blocked by a defender. 

104' Acuna sends a cross high over. He hardly made any impact after replacing the impressive Di Maria.

102' Argentina make a double substitution. De Paul and Alvarez make way for Paredes and Lautaro Martinez.  

98' It's now an evenly-balanced affair as both sides look to deliver a killer blow. 

95' France make a substitution. Rabiot is replaced for Fofana. 

92' A cross from Argentina winger Acuna is cleared by the France defence. 

The first half of extra time is underway

The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to extra time 

90+8' Argentina's Acuna receives a yellow card. 

90+7' Messi almost scores! His stinging shot from the edge of the area is superbly tipped over by Lloris. 

90+4' A chance for France! Camavinga pulls the ball back to Rabiot, whose low shot is saved by Martinez. 

90+4' A shot from Mbappe strikes a defender and goes out for a corner. 

90' The referee adds eight minutes of stoppage time. 

87' France forward Thuram is booked for simulation as he apparently dives to win a penalty. 

85' France have the upper hand in a frantic final minutes. 

81' What's happening at Lusail Stadium?!! Mbappe brings France level with his second goal in two minutes. He fires a powerful volley into the far bottom corner after a neat exchange of passes with Thuram. 


80' Mbappe fires a powerful spot-kick to the bottom left as France gab a lifeline in the last 10 minutes. 


79' Kolo Muani outmuscles Otamendi before being brought down by the defence to give France a chance to get back into the game. 

79' Penalty for France!!!

76' Argentina are holding firm as France look unlikely to stage a late comeback. 

72' A tame shot from Argentina's Fernandez is collected by Lloris after some good work from Messi. 

71' France make another double substitution. Camavinga and Koman replace Griezmann and Hernandez. 

71' In a rare French effort, Mbappe fires a right-foot shot over the bar from the edge of the area. 

68' Kolo Muani heads the resulting corner wide. 

67' A rare French cross is cleared by Otamendi for a corner. 

64' Argentina make their first substitution. The impressive Di Maria makes way for Acuna. 

63' Lloris rushes out in a timely manner to thwart a dangerous Argentinean attempt. 

60' Di Maria toys with Kounde and sends in a low cross that Messi gathers, but his shot goes wide. 

59' A chance for Argentina! Julian Alvarez runs onto a threaded pass but his low shot is blocked by Lloris at his near post. 

58' Argentina are sitting back to protect their lead as France still struggle for openings. 

55' France midfielder Rabiot is booked for a foul on De Paul. 

54' Argentina keeper Martinez charges out of his area to clear a long ball. France fail to pounce on his miscued clearance though. 

51' Mbappe is well shackled by Argentina's watertight defence. 

49' A volley from De Paul is saved by France keeper Lloris. 

47' France have yet to create any chances against their impressive opponents! 

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+6' Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is booked for a foul on Kolo Muani. 

45+1' France are still finding it hard to carve out any openings. 

45' The referee adds seven minutes of stoppage time. 

42' France coach Deschamps is looking to shake things up to save the game. 

41' France make a double substitution! Marcus Thuram and Kolo Muani replace Dembele and Giroud respectively. 

39' What a dream half for the Argentineans! France are utterly outplayed. 

36' Di Maria doubles Argentina's lead after finishing off a devastating counter attack that Messi started! The breakaway ends with Alexis MacAllister squaring the ball to Maria to fire a low shot home. 


33' Argentina are in total control, with France still trying to find their way. 

31' Messi is at the heart of every single Argentinean move, with Di Maria also wreaking havoc down the left. 

28' An Aerial challenge between Hernandez and Messi leaves both needing treatment. 

26' France are looking for a response as Argentina remain the better side. 

24' Messi becomes the first player in World Cup history to score in every single knockout stage. 

23' Messi sends Lloris the wrong way with aplomb to give Argentina a deserved lead.


21' Argentina are awarded a penalty!! Dembele trips Di Maria in the area. 

20' Giroud heads over the bar from the free kick but the referee awards Argentina a foul. 

19' France are awarded a dangerous free kick on the left after Theo Hernandez is fouled by De Paul. 

17' Di Maria wastes an Argentinean chance! Messi finds De Paul on the right hand side of the area to pull the ball back to Di Maria, whose mis-hit shot went high over when well-positioned to score. 

14' An attempted French one-two is unsuccessful as the ball goes straight into the hands of Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez.

13' France are struggling for some breathing space as Argentina push forward en masse. 

10' France keeper Hugo Lloris is receiving treatment after a challenge from Cristian Romero.

8' A shot from Rodrigo De Paul is deflected for a corner as Argentina apply early pressure. 

5' Argentina's Alexis MacAllister tries his luck from distance but his shot is collected by Hugo Lloris.

3' The first Argentinean effort is floated into the box but the defence intercepts. 

The match is underway 

Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Jeremias Fernandez, Alexis MacAllister, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Julian Alvarez
France: Hugo Lloris; Theo Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane, Jules Kounde, Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud


16:50 Messi will break the record of most appearances in World Cups with 26 games beating Lothar Mathaus’ mark of 25 games.

16:30 Qatar says it has received more than 1.4 million visitors during the World Cup and more than 530 000 people attended events in the fan zone.

16:15 The closing ceremony took place with a song by Qatari performer Dana "It's a beautiful World" and a poem by Tamim Al Barghouti celebrating "The Beautiful Game".

16:00 Deschamps fielded his strongest lineup after all his players have recovered from the flu.

15:00 France is a hardened tournament team with plenty of experience and the quality to eke out wins when not playing at its best. Deschamps has kept France's level high despite losing key players ahead of the tournament like Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe and Karim Benzema, the reigning world player of the year.

13:30 Messi has evoked comparisons with Maradona in the way he has pushed Argentina to the final, scoring five goals, setting up three more and thrilling his team's legion of fans, who have poured into Qatar throughout the World Cup in numbers only really matched by those from Morocco.

12:00 France star Kylian Mbappé also is standing on the cusp of history heading into the match at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, a title decider that is filled with storylines.

11:00 It is now or never for Lionel Messi. The Argentina superstar’s once-in-a-generation career will be defined - for many - by whether he leads his country to the World Cup title on Sunday.

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

Venue: Lusail Stadium

All times are Cairo local time, GMT +2

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