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Argentina were crowned the 2022 World Cup champions after an extraordinary final on Sunday. They beat France 4-2 on penalties after Lionel Messi scored twice and Kylian Mbappe scored a hattrick in a 3-3 draw after extra time.

It was a night of drama, high emotion and fluctuating fortunes, delivering one of the all-time great finals in the FIFA World Cup history.

Argentina had looked to be cruising to a one-sided victory after Messi’s penalty and a brilliant goal by Angel Di Maria in the first half put them in total control. But Mbappe converted an 80th-minute penalty and volleyed in an equaliser a minute later to take the game to extra time.

Messi put Argentina ahead again but Mbappe levelled with another penalty. He became the second man to score a World Cup final hat-trick after England’s Geoff Hurst in 1966.

That took the game to a shootout where Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s effort and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide to give Gonzalo Montiel a chance to win it, which he gleefully took.

ARGENTINA TRIUMPH

Argentina have now won six of their seven World Cup shootouts, including the quarter-final against the Netherlands a week ago when they also blew a 2-0 lead, while France have lost three of five, but with two of those defeats coming in finals.

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