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Argentina Beat France On Penalties To Win 2022 World Cup After Stunning Final

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Argentina beat reigning men’s champion France on penalties in a World Cup final for the ages on Sunday, giving soccer icon Lionel Messi his crowning glory.

The teams were tied 3-3 after extra time in one of the most dramatic major sporting events in history, with the French ultimately missing twice in the shootout before Gonzalo Montiel converted to seal an exhausting and emotional victory.

Argentina had dominated the majority of the game, leading 2-0 with about 10 minutes remaining, but France came roaring back, with star forward Kylian Mbappé scoring twice in as many minutes.

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In the 30 minutes of extra time before the tense penalty kicks, both teams traded missed opportunities and late goals.

The game was the culmination of a month of sporting drama and geopolitical controversy in Qatar. Surprise results and fairy-tale runs abound in the tournament, but the final pitted two game titans against each other, led by a pair of diminutive stars.

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Mbappé cemented his place as the young heir to Messi’s throne, scoring a hat trick as France came dangerously close to becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in 1962.

But it was Messi who took the trophy, cementing his status as perhaps the game’s greatest-ever player as the 35-year-old bows out on the global stage with the third title for his soccer-crazed nation.

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