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WM-Finale mit Elfer-Drama: Argentinien und Messi ringen Frankreich nieder

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Status: 12/19/2022 7:33 a.m

Argentina won their third world championship title on Sunday (12/18/2022) in a memorable final on penalties – Lionel Messi was the decisive man. France disappointed for a long time, but came back several times through Kylian Mbappé.

The 4-2 penalty shoot-out for the Argentines was ultimately deserved, because up until ten minutes before the end of regulation time, France hadn’t stood a chance and went 0-2 with goals from Messi (23rd minute) and Angel Di María (36th minute). .) in arrears.

Then the French came back with a double strike from Mbappé (80th/81st) and forced the extension. Messi (109th) and Mbappé (118th) scored there again to make it 3-3.

Finale Pfeil rechts Live ticker to read: France against Argentina Pfeil rechts Argentina: Scalonis coup with Di María

Argentina’s coach Lionel Scaloni set a first exclamation mark with his line-up. Veteran star Ángel Di María, who has been suffering from thigh problems in the course of the tournament so far, returned to the starting XI in place of Leandro Paredes. That changed the statics of Argentina’s attacking game – with consequences for France.

The French started the game very passively at first, but they had had phases like this again and again during this World Cup. This time, however, in the person of Adrien Rabiot and Theo Hernández, they also allowed themselves to lose possession recklessly in the build-up game, which increased the pressure on the Argentines. Di María missed the first resulting chance when he aimed far too high from the edge of the penalty area (17′). But five minutes later, the carelessness of the French was punished.

Dembélé wants to help – that goes wrong for France

Again Di María moved from the left wing into the centre, Ousmane Dembélé wanted to help his indisposed colleague Jules Koundé and minimally crossed his path from behind. Di María fell spectacularly, referee Szymon Marciniak from Poland decided immediately and pointed to the penalty spot. As there was definitely a light touch it wasn’t a case for the VAR department – Messi fed in France keeper Hugo Lloris to make it 1-0.

There was initially no reaction from the “Équipe Tricolore” at all, Didier Deschamps’ team continued to act mysteriously apathetic even after falling behind. In midfield, Alexis MacAllister and Rodrigo De Paul mercilessly wiped out any attempts by the French attacking department, and Argentina’s counterattacks were always dangerous.

Goal, tears and a double change by Deschamps

Again and again it just went too fast for the French. After a mistake made by Dayot Upamecano, the “Albiceleste” combined at turbo speed, via Enzo Fernández and Mac Allister the ball landed at Di María, who gave Lloris no chance with a shot against the running direction (36th). The goal scorer may have thought about his whole career in fast motion while celebrating the 2-0 victory – in any case, he cried out of sheer emotion.

What his team had been missing in terms of reaction and determination then came as a signal and a wake-up call from the French bench: Deschamps made two changes before the break, took out Dembélé and Olivier Giroud and bet on the Bundesliga: Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani and Gladbach’s Marcus Thuram should correct from the 40th minute what their colleagues had previously neglected.

First half chance for France after 70 minutes

But even with Kolo Muani and Thuram, little changed in the second half. Argentina retreated a little further, France had more of a share of the game in midfield, but it was always the end of the penalty area. Mbappé only got his first shot after 70 minutes, but aimed just over the bar from 18 meters.

Deschamps then tried again to finally liven up the offensive game with Kingsley Coman and Eduardo Camavinga, but that didn’t work at first either. The French counterattacked eleven minutes before the end – and that changed everything.

Double strike from Mbappé out of nowhere

The previously flawless Argentinian central defender Nicolás Otamendi was unable to stop Kolo Muani, then ran over him from behind in the penalty area – Mbappé converted the penalty hard into the left corner (80th). It was a goal out of nowhere, but it had consequences: France suddenly believed in themselves again and immediately followed up.

Coman took the ball from Messi immediately after the lead, Mbappé came to the next conclusion via Rabiot and Thuram – and 94 seconds after the 1: 2 Emiliano Martínez was beaten again in the Argentine goal. After that, France suddenly had the upper hand and had more opportunities through Thuram, Kolo Muani and Mbappé. Argentina faltered, Messi only got another big chance in the seventh minute of added time – but Lloris steered the ball over the goal and saved the extra time.

Argentina and Messi get back on their feet

In the extension, Scaloni also sent a sign from the bench – and brought Paredes into the game as a special guard for Mbappé. The Argentines suddenly had better chances again: Lautaro Martínez, who came on as a substitute, failed twice at Upamecano, who made an excellent block, and Raphael Varane headed away a Gonzalo Montiel shot just before the goal line.

In the second half of extra time, however, the pressure became too great. Martínez initially forced Lloris to make a brilliant save, but Messi was there on the rebound (109th). The goal was briefly checked for offside, but was then ruled regular. But the madness continued. With four minutes remaining, Argentina’s Gonzalo Montiel threw a shot and saved with his hand, Marciniak pointed to the spot again – and Mbappé converted that penalty too: 3-3.

Match points awarded on both sides

After that, both teams had their match points. Emiliano Martinez made a sensational save against Kolo Muani in the 123rd minute, but Lautaro Martínez headed wide from a blitz counterattack.

Video of the penalty shoot-out in the World Cup final between Argentina and France.

Then came the ultimate showdown: penalty shoot-outs. Messi and Mbappé converted, but then France got nervous: Coman missed against Martínez, Tchouaméni even shot wide of the goal. Gonzalo Montiel finally sunk the last ball of this tournament – after that tears flowed on both sides.

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