Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties, win 3rd FIFA World Cup title

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Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties, win 3rd FIFA World Cup title

Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022 title third time on 18 December after defeating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties. The final match was played at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.

Important facts

  • Argentina has been able to win the World Cup after 36 years. It has now won the title for the third time after 1978 and 1986.

  • The match remained tied at 2-2 for the stipulated 90 minutes. Lionel Messi scored a goal to put Argentina ahead 3–2, but Kylian Mbappe scored in the 117th minute to level the match at 3–3. After this, Argentina won the match in the penalty shootout.

  • Lionel Messi scored the first goal in the match on a penalty in the 23rd minute. He became the first footballer in the world to score in all knockout matches of a World Cup.

  • Messi won the Golden Ball award for the best player in the FIFA World Cup 2022, while Mbappe won the Golden Boot award for being the top goalscorer and Emiliano Martinez of Argentina won the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper.

  • Embappé technically became France's first Golden Boot winner with a total of 8 goals.

  • Enzo Fernandez wins the Young Player Award.

2022 FIFA World Cup Awards

  • Top 4 team Rankings: (Winner), France (2nd), Croatia (3rd) and Morocco (4th)

  • Golden Boot Award: Kylian Mbappe (France)

  • Golden Ball Award: Lionel Messi (Argentina)

  • Golden Glove Award: Emiliano Martinez  (Argentina)

  • FIFA Young Player Award: Enzo Fernandez

  • FIFA Fair Play Award: England

  • Silver Boot Award: Lionel Messi

  • Bronze Boot Award: Olivier Giroud (France)

  • Silver Ball Award: Kylian Mbappe

Most Goals in FIFA World Cup 2022

  • Kylian Mbappe (France) - 8

  • Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 7

  • Julian Alvarez (Argentina) - 4

  • Olivier Giroud - 4

  • Alvaro Morata (Spain) - 3

  • Bukayo Saka (England) - 3

  • Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) - 3

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