Argentina plays France in World Cup final

LUSAIL, Qatar — Defending champions France meet Argentina in the World Cup final at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

Both teams are trying for the third time to win the biggest tournament in football. France won in 1998 and 2018.

Brazil was the last team to win back-to-back world titles in 1962. Argentina won the title in 1978 and 1986. Also in 2014 the Argentines lost in the final.

Lionel Messi is believed to be playing in his last World Cup and could win the ultimate prize for the first time if Argentina wins.

Live updates from the World Cup final between Argentina and France:


The World Cup final goes into overtime with a 2-2 draw between Argentina and France. Two goals from Kylian Mbappé late in the second half brought the defending champions back into play.


Kylian Mbappé made it 2-2. Just a minute after the penalty, the French striker scored again with a volley.


Kylian Mbappé scored from a penalty for France. Argentina continues to lead 2-1.


The second half of the finals at Lusail Stadium has begun.


Argentina lead 2-0 over France at halftime in the World Cup final after goals from Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria.

Messi scored from a penalty in the 23rd minute after a foul on Di Maria. Thirteen minutes later, Di Maria ended a fluid team move with a deft swing from Messi.

Messi now has 12 World Cup goals – along with the Brazilian great Pelé – and is the first player to score in the group stage and in each round of the knockout stages in a single edition of the tournament.


Angel Di Maria scored 2-0 for Argentina in the World Cup final.


Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot to make Argentina 1-0 over France. It was Messi’s 12th World Cup goal.


Lionel Messi sets a record 26th World Cup appearance, breaking the tie with Germany great Lothar Matthus.

Messi’s matches have been spread over five World Cups starting in 2006. He has scored 11 goals in total and ranks sixth in the all-time list.

Messi has said this will likely be his last World Cup.


The 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and defending champions France has begun.


Line-ups for the World Cup final:

Argentina: Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Angel Di Maria, Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Alexis Mac Allister; Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi.

France: Hugo Lloris; Jules Koundé, Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano, Theo Hernandez; Aurélien Tchouameni, Antoine Griezmann, Adrien Rabiot; Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud.

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