FIFA World Cup: Incredible two minutes from France levels game despite Argentina dominance

France have sensationally pulled level in the FIFA World Cup Final with two goals in two minutes to send the game into extra time.

The reigning champions had been on the back foot for 78 minutes before talisman Kylian Mbappe single-handily pulled his team back into the contest.

He matched Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty conversion despite the keeper getting a touch before sending a marvellous volley rocketing into the back of the net just minutes later to bring scores back to even.

The volley came after Messi lost the ball on the halfway mark trying to take the sting out of the match.

Camera IconFrance’s Kylian Mbappe scores his side’s second goal during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec.18, 2022. Credit: Manu Fernandez/AP

Earlier, two goals left France in shock as an Argentinian attacking masterclass had the South American giants on the verge of the ultimate triumph.

An ice-cold Lionel Messi drew first blood from the penalty spot for Argentina against France in the World Cup Final before Angel Di Maria doubled the advantage in the first half.

The weight of his legacy and his nation were on the 35-year-old Messi’s shoulders in the lead-up to the decider, but he looked unfazed as he calmly slotted a penalty past French keeper Hugo Lloris inside the first half hour.

A deft cut from Di Maria, who was Argentina’s only change for the game, saw him slice his way into the box before an errant foot sent him tumbling to the floor and the umpire’s whistle to blow for a penalty.

France's Kylian Mbappe scores his side's first goal from the penalty spot past Argentina's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.
Camera IconFrance’s Kylian Mbappe scores his side’s first goal from the penalty spot past Argentina’s goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Credit: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Messi sent the champion goaltender the wrong way before finding the bottom corner to rapturous celebrations that reverberated around the Stadium.

France were still off the pace as Di Maria’s hard work again paid off on the next big move, finding himself all alone in the box on the end of a blistering attack.

He made light work of the finish as he bounced the ball over the desperate lunge of Lloris to make it 2-0.

France never looked likely until Mbappe’s burst turned a fizzer into a potential classic.


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