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From the worst opening to the best finale… Messi’s Argentina win the World Cup

The Qatar dream that started as a nightmare ended with a sweet victory.

Argentina finally lifted the World Cup trophy. It was his third win after winning the 1978 national championship and the 1986 Mexican championship. It is the summit once again after 36 years. Europe’s 20-year monopoly ended, and ‘soccer god’ Lionel Messi (PSG) decorated the coronation ceremony splendidly with multiple goals.

Argentina won 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw in the 2022 Qatar World Cup final match against France held at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on the 19th (Korean time). Rusail Stadium is the same stadium where Argentina suffered a shocking 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia on the 22nd of last month.

The stage was the same, but the outcome of the match was completely different. In particular, the selection of Angel Di Maria (Juventus) was a ‘God’s move’. Di Maria induced a foul by Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) from the left side of the penalty area in the 23rd minute of the first half. Seizing the opportunity for the opening goal, Argentina sent Messi as a kicker, and Messi completely fooled French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) and put the ball in the right corner.

The second goal was scored by Di Maria himself. Argentina cut off the French attack in their own half in the 36th minute of the first half, and quickly turned into a counterattack. Di Maria, who sprinted down the left side, received a pass stabbed by Alexis Markalister (Brighton) and scored neatly.

Argentina, which ran smoothly toward the championship, also suffered a crisis. The problem was also Kylian Mbappe (PSG). Mbappe scored without missing a penalty kick in the 35th minute of the second half and a counterattack opportunity in the 37th minute of the second half. tied 2-2. Ultimately, the game went into overtime. 토토

The fight was fierce until the end. Both teams took a 3-2 lead with Messi scoring in the third minute of extra time, but Mbappe equalized again in the 12th minute of extra time to tie the score at 3-3. In the end, the two teams entered the penalty shoot-out, and won 4-2 thanks to Argentinian Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)’s save.

With Argentina winning the championship, Messi conquered the World Cup, which had been considered the only gap. He is the only player in football history who has won all of the European Football Federation Champions League, Ballon d’Or, World Cup and Olympics. The Golden Ball, the tournament’s best player award, was also Messi’s share. Argentina held a feast with Enso Fernandez (Benfica) winning the Young Player Award and Martinez winning the Golden Glove. 

Meanwhile, France, which was aiming for two consecutive championships, struggled in the second half, but ultimately missed the trophy. The only consolation was that Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick, won the Golden Boot (top scorer) with 8 goals.