Messi Leads Argentina To World Cup Glory in Dramatic Fashion

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December 18, 2022

Decades of disappointment were undone as Argentina stunned France in the World Cup Final, capturing its first championship since 1986. 

Messi knocked in a brace, tallying in the penalty shootout to secure the win. 

Victory didn’t come easily for the Argentinians. The eventual champions took a 2-0 lead into the half before Kylian Mbappe added a brace in the second half, tying things up in the 81′ minute. 

Messi staked Argentina to a lead in extra-time, scoring from inside the box.

Again, Argentina couldn’t subdue the French attack, with Mbappe scoring his hat trick goal from the penalty spot with just a few minutes to go. 

That set up a dramatic finish, with the World Cup Final coming down to a penalty shootout. 

Argentina netted all four of their attempts, with Gonzalo Montiel clinching the win on the fourth shot. Emiliano Martinez made a monumental stop on Aurelien Tchouameni earlier in the shootout, with Kingsley Coman also missing the target for Les Bleus. 

FanDuel Sportsbook had Argentina listed at +600 to win the World Cup at the outset of the Quarterfinals.

Thumbnail photo via Yukihito Taguchi-USA TODAY Sports

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