Messi, Mbappe lead battle for World Cup trophy in Qatar

All is now set for the 64th and final match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Indeed, the past few days have been filled with so much drama, action and several talking points.

Now the 2022 World Cup is set for a befitting climax where Argentina and France will be battling it out for the top prize.

Argentina and France are two-time winners of the World Cup hoping to complete a hat-trick of titles at the iconic Lusail Stadium this Sunday.

Obviously, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are the two principal men for their respective nations – and all eyes will be on who comes out on top.

Both PSG teammates have enjoyed a good outing in Qatar, scoring five goals apiece and only separated by the number of assists they have bagged for their teams.

It will be a fight to the finish, no doubt not just between Messi and Mbappe, but the entire Argentina and France teams.

France and Argentina have met 12 times in total – the first time coming in the first World Cup in 1930.

Argentina have the upper hand with six wins compared to France’s three wins and there have been three draws in the past meetings between these two countries

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But the French side came out on top in their most-recent clash – a thrilling 4-3 win in the last 16 of Russia 2018.

We wait to see if Argentina will get revenge this evening or if France will make it back-to-back wins over the South American side.

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Kickoff is 4.00 p.m.


Argentina team news

Di Maria returning to the side is the big team news as Paredes misses out.

Starting XI: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez

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France team news

Starting XI: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot, Griezmann; Dembele, Giroud, Mbappe


Both teams set to find their way through the tunnel into the pack full iconic Lusail Stadium


Argentina in their traditional One and blue stripe jersey and France in their all-dark blue jersey


The atmosphere at this #FIFAWorldCup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]
The atmosphere at this #FIFAWorldCup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]

The atmosphere at this #FIFAWorldCup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]
The atmosphere at this #FIFAWorldCup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]

We start with the national anthem of Argentina before France take their turn


The players all look fired up and the fans are roaring as loud as they can. We should be in for a good time this evening


This is the 10th World Cup final between a South American team and a European team. The South Americans have won 70% of the final matches.


Many records can be set and broken in this final


We are underway… France with the kickoff!!!


First free kick to Argentina as Tchouameni commits a foul



Argentina start on the front foot with the first attempt at goal.


Another free kick for Argentina as a foul is committed on Messi


Di Maria is looking lively on the left flank of the attack for Argentina and they have another shot on target well taken care of by Hugo Lloris


Messi adjudged to have committed a foul and France win a free kick


Foul on Rabiot and France get another freekick


Corner kick for Argentina as Varane deflects a goal-bound shot


Romero badges into Lloris and the France keeper is being attended to by the medics as game is temporarily halted


With 26 matches to his name, Messi is the all-time record holder for most games played at the World Cup


Rabiot attempts a one-two with Mbappe but the Argentina defence thwarts the run


Di Maria flagged offside as Argentina make another threatening move up front


Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe during a duel. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe during a duel. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]

Argentina with the higher ball possession presently but after 15 minutes Argentina 0-0 France


MISSED CHANCE… Di Maria roots the ball high after another good run by Argentina


France have a free kick as Argentina’s De Paul hacks down Hernandez


Griezmann floats a well-taken free kick and Giroud gets his head to it but it is over the bar


Twenty minutes gone: Argentina 0-0 France


PENALTY!!!!! Di Maria wins it for Argentina after a push from Dembele


GOAL: Messi scores his sixth goal at the World Cup in Qatar

Messi celebrates goal against France in the World Cup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter page]
Messi celebrates goal against France in the World Cup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter page]

Messi celebrates goal against France in the World Cup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter page]
Messi celebrates goal against France in the World Cup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter page]

With a total of 12 World Cup goals, Messi is now tied with Pele


25 Minutes gone: Argentina 1-0 France


Free kick for France retaken


Collision between Messi and Hernandez


Both players are ok and ready to go


We are at the half-hour mark and it is still Argentina with the 1-0 lead courtesy of Messi’s well-taken penalty kick


Nine of the last ten teams to score in a World Cup final have gone on to win it… This is good news for Argentina


GOAL::::: Di Maria makes it 2-0

Angel Di Maria celebrates goal against France. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]
Angel Di Maria celebrates goal against France. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter handle]

Credit to the Argetina coach who seems to have gotten his tactics spot on for France


Messi is everywhere for Argentina as we have seven minutes added time to play in the first half


Di Maria has been the joker in this game; winning a penalty and scoring a goal


Yellow card for Fernandez.


HT: Argentina 2-0 France


Argentina half way to winning their third World Cup


Argentina set the second half underway..


Argentina maintaining the same intensity in the early exchanges in the second half and they already have a shot on target


Corner kick for France, Griezmann delivers the cross but Argentina goalkeeper Martinez makes a quick save


Rabiot gets a yellow card for a foul on Argentina’s De Paul


Alvarez draws a save from Lloris as Argentina stay ahead as we approach the half hour mark


Messi threatening the France defence as he looks to add another goal to his tally


Unfortunately, Mbappe has been largely anonymous in this final


Substitution; Di Maria is taken off for Acuna.


70 Minutes: Argentina 2-0 France


Hernandez and Griezmann off for Coman and Carmavinga










 


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