Messi has successfully secured a World Cup trophy for the Argentines after beating France on penalties in one of the most thrilling climaxes in the tournament’s history.
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Following Ousmane Dembele’s foul on Angel Di Maria in the 23rd minute, Messi gave Argentina the lead from the penalty spot. He became the only player in the annals of the World Cup to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship match.
Then, 13 minutes later, Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister set up Di Maria for the second goal after he made a precise touch during a great counterattack.
Up until the very end, Argentina was unchallenged, but Mbappe gave France a chance from the penalty spot with nine minutes left before tying the score with an incredible volley seconds later.
Argentina beat France on penalties to win World CupIn extra time, Messi scored to put Argentina back in lead, but two minutes before the end of the frenzied, chaotic extra period, Mbappe converted from the spot to complete his hat trick.
The two greats opened the scoring in penalties as the game proceeded. However, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez of Argentina and Aston Villa stopped Kingsley Coman before Aurelian Tchouameni missed, giving Gonzalo Montiel the chance to win the World Cup.
Finally a World Cup victor, Messi fell to his knees in the centre circle and was surrounded by his ecstatic Argentina teammates.