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Lionel Messi has led Argentina to World Cup glory after beating France on penalties in one of the most thrilling climaxes in the tournament’s history.

Argentina looked to have thrown the trophy away, after Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the last 10 minutes to take the tie into extra time, after a Messi penalty and a sweeping finish from Angel di Maria had seen the Argentines 2-0 up in the first half.

Messi restored their lead in the extra period, before Mbappe stunned the South Americans again from the penalty spot to force a shootout with his third – the first hat-trick in a World Cup final since 1966.

But Kingsley Coman had his penalty saved by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, and Aurelien Tchouameni then missed the target, allowing Gonzalo Montiel fire home the winner and spark incredible scenes.

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 23E MartínezBooked at 126mins
  • 26MolinaSubstituted forMontielat 90′minutesBooked at 116mins
  • 13Romero
  • 19Otamendi
  • 3TagliaficoSubstituted forDybalaat 120+1′minutes
  • 7De PaulSubstituted forParedesat 102′minutesBooked at 114mins
  • 24FernándezBooked at 45mins
  • 20Mac AllisterSubstituted forPezzellaat 116′minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9ÁlvarezSubstituted forLa Martínezat 103′minutes
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forAcuñaat 64′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 1Armani
  • 2Foyth
  • 4Montiel
  • 5Paredes
  • 6Pezzella
  • 8Acuña
  • 12Rulli
  • 14Palacios
  • 15Correa
  • 16Almada
  • 17Gómez
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 21Dybala
  • 22La Martínez
  • 25Li Martínez


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 5KoundéSubstituted forDisasiat 120+1′minutes
  • 4VaraneSubstituted forKonatéat 113′minutes
  • 18Upamecano
  • 22HernándezSubstituted forCamavingaat 71′minutes
  • 8Tchouaméni
  • 14RabiotBooked at 55minsSubstituted forFofanaat 96′minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forKolo Muaniat 41′minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forComanat 71′minutes
  • 10Mbappé
  • 9GiroudBooked at 90minsSubstituted forThuramat 41′minutesBooked at 87mins


  • 2Pavard
  • 3Disasi
  • 6Guendouzi
  • 12Kolo Muani
  • 13Fofana
  • 15Veretout
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Saliba
  • 20Coman
  • 23Aréola
  • 24Konaté
  • 25Camavinga
  • 26Thuram

Szymon Marciniak


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