Argentina, representing South America, won the 2022 World Cup by defeating defending champions France after a penalty shootout. Argentina captain Lionel Messi fulfilled his biggest dream of lifting the trophy last night. The first half of the final match was completed with the superiority of Argentina. Although France tried to revive the team with substitutions in the first half, Argentina looked closer to victory. Mbappe converted the penalty kick into a goal in the 80th minute, a minute later, he netted again and France earned the equaliser. Regular time of the match ended 2-2, and overtime ended 3-3. Argentina won the 2022 World Cup on penalties. Let’s examine together what happened in the World Cup final.
Argentina wins the 2022 World Cup hosted by Qatar
Finally concluded the Cup Winners’ Cup, in which 32 teams took part and closed the whole world on the screens. Unlike previous years, the tournament was held in winter for the first time due to the climate of host Qatar. In the cup final, which witnessed difficult struggles and surprising results, the defending champions France and Argentina faced each other.
In the final match hosted by the iconic Lusail Stadium with a capacity of 80,000 spectators, it was 2-2 in normal time and 3-3 in extra time. In the memorable match, Argentina beat France after a series of penalty shoot-outs and became the champions.
Messi (2) and Di Maria scored the two goals that revived Argentina’s tournament. The brilliant performance of Kylian Mbappe, the golden boy of the French national team, who made a hat-trick and made the match go first to extra time and then to a penalty shootout, was not enough for France.
Argentina, who reached the finals for the sixth time in their history and won their last World Cup title in 1986, ended their 36-year longing after this result and added a third star to their crest.
20 years later, in the tournament where the champion was knocked out of Europe, the last World Cup finalist Croatia, which overtook the African representative Morocco 2-1, managed to become the third.
Messi made up for this deficiency
Another interesting aspect of the tournament was the possible match between Portugal – Argentina, that is, Cristiano Ronaldo – Lionel Messi, which football fans were looking forward to. Lionel Messi, who was at the end of his career and who left his mark on the last twenty years of football, filled the void in his museum.
Considered by many to be the best soccer player of all time, the superstar has won numerous titles in his footballing career, such as the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, LaLiga, Spanish Cup, King’s Cup, and the French Cup. Ligue 1 and the French Super Cup. The team has been the focus of criticism throughout its career. After the World Cup, Messi responded to the criticism in the best way.
The best of the 2022 World Cup was also revealed
The Argentine star, Lionel Messi, was named the most valuable player in the cup. While receiving this award, Messi has been able to directly contribute 10 goals in total, with 7 goals and 3 assists throughout the tournament.
Young French star Kylian Mbappe, who lost to Argentina in the final, won the Golden Boot award at the World Cup with 8 goals.
The award for best goalkeeper from Argentina went to hero Emiliano Martinez, while the award for best young player in the tournament went to 21-year-old Enzo Fernandez.
On the other hand, England, who were eliminated by last champions France, were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award.
The format of the 2026 World Cup is changing
The 2022 World Cup made a name for itself with the climate of the host country, Qatar, the rumors that preceded the tournament, and even the official song for the tournament, and it was the scene of one of the most memorable finals in the history of the cup.
The next World Cup will be held in North America, hosted by Canada, Mexico and the USA.
The fact that the tournament will be played with 48 teams instead of 32 for the first time in history is a big question mark for football fans. It is already curious who will be the champion of the most prestigious cup, which takes place every 4 years, in 2026.
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