Messi, Mbappe, Maria score as Argentina beat France to win World Cup title

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick with Lionel Messi grabbing a brace and Angel Di Maria scoring a goal when Argentina defeated then champions France to win the Fifa World Cup title today.

The full Lusail City stadium was full of drama as the title was won through penalty spot kicks following a 3-all score line in normal and extra time play for a 4-2 win.

Messi converted from the spot to hand Argentina 1-0 lead in the 21st minute before Maria doubled the score in the 36th minute for a 2-0 lead into break.

On resumption, Mbappe converted from the spot to half the score before bagging his brace for a 2-2 scoreline to force the match into extra time.

Messi grabbed his brace in the 109th minute for 3-2 but Mbappe struck from the spot again for his hat-trick to earn him a golden boot in the 114th minute to force the match into penalties.

At the shootouts, Paulo Dybala, Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Montiel scoring their first four attempts while France could only manage to score via Mbappe and Randal Kolo. Les Bleus’s Kingsley Coman saw his kick saved while Aurelien Tchoumeni fired wide.

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