The final of the 2022 World Cup in Russia ended in a penalty shootout between Argentina and France
Gonzalo Montiel rolled in the decisive penalty to give Argentina its third World Cup and prevent. France becomes the first team in 60 years to retain the trophy.
But a truly remarkable game saw Messi and Mbappe live up to their hype, with Messi scoring twice and Mbappe becoming the first player since England’s Geoff Hurst in 1966 to score a hat-trick in the World Cup final. World in a game that ended 3-3 after overtime.
Messi had opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half before Ángel Di María doubled Argentina’s lead late on a brilliant 36th-minute counter-attack.
But the astonishing Mbappé breathed life into the reigning champions when he parried a goal from the penalty spot with 10 minutes to go before impressively equalizing just 60 seconds later to force extra time.
Messi then appeared to have decided the game in Argentina’s favor once and for all when he converted a rebound in the 109th minute, only for Mbappé to score from another penalty kick, making the game 3-3 and forcing a penalty shootout. .
The third shootout of the World Cup final began with goals from Messi and Mbappé, but Kingsley Coman’s next shot for France was saved and Aurelien Tchouameni crucially missed the goal.