Argentina VS France FIFA Final Football Score 18/12/2022

Argentina VS France FIFA Final Football Score 18/12/2022

Argentina and France meet on Sunday for the FIFA 2022 World Cup final with Lionel Messi facing off against Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe. The superstar Frenchman already has one title to his name while the legendary Argentina has found the trophy elusive throughout his storied career. Who will come out on top in this battle between a pair of two-time winners to go third in the all-time list of World Cup winners? It has been billed as the last game in this tournament for Messi so can he go out with the success that he craves so much, or will his PSG teammate spoil the party and give himself a shot at starting to follow in Messi’s footsteps for Ballon d’Or success? We will find out this weekend.

“I had the privilege and pride of being able to win this trophy with my teammates in 2018,” said France captain Hugo Lloris on Saturday. “But to be honest, I am focused on the present. What happened before is the past. We want to write our own story. We want to end this in the best possible way. As long as nothing is done, the hardest part remains to be done. We must prepare for a great match, for any eventuality. Be ready to surpass ourselves, to make the effort despite the circumstances with the virus, despite the fatigue. We have to finish the job.”

“From the moment we have the support of our supporters, we know that the country is behind us,” he added. “The rest is of very little importance. We started this competition with a mission, that of going as far as possible. Very few believed in it. We will give everything to emerge victorious from this final battle. We know what Leo Messi represents in the history of our sport, but I believe that it will be above all a match between the France team and the Argentina team.

Argentina: Marco Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel no longer have suspension worries hanging over them although Nahuel Molina is likely to start ahead of Montiel on the right while Acuna might replace Nicolas Tagliafico on the left. Lisandro Martinez is likely to be a substitute once more while Alejandro Gomez is most likely to require a bench role too after his recent ankle issue. Messi suffered a hamstring scare in the semifinals and sat out training earlier this week but should be fine for Sunday where a start would be his 26th at a World Cup which would be an Argentine record. Angel di Maria will hope to start ahead of former PSG teammate Leandro Paredes while Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez will almost certainly be used from the bench.

France: There are concerns growing that Didier Deschamps might have to do without a player or two with illness continuing to impact Les Bleus after Andrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano’s forced absences vs. Morocco. Kingsley Coman, Raphael Varane, and Ibrahima Konate have all suffered the sickness since the win over the Atlas Lions and although Rabiot and Upamecano should now be fine, Varane and Konate would be problematic as it would require a new central defensive pairing. Theo Hernandez should be fit despite a knee complaint after the Moroccan success while Aurelien Tchouameni took a blow to the hip. Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud should continue in attack aided by the in-form Antoine Griezmann and Saturday will be crucial in determining eligibility so Deschamps will be hoping that no new cases surface so close to the game. As of Saturday, Varane and Konate were at least able to rejoin their teammates and train.

Officiating controversy reared its ugly head when Dominik Livakovic was adjudged to have fouled Alvarez – Messi did what he does best from 12 yards in the aftermath – and the Manchester City man doubled his side’s advantage simply by running through the Croatia lines and getting lucky with a couple of ricochets. Messi then founded an exclusive club of players to have made Josko Gvardiol look a fool at this World Cup, twisting and turning the 20-year-old breakout star before picking out Alvarez to put the tie beyond any measurable doubt, and a sixth World Cup final is now on the cards for the 1978 and 1986 champions.

However, three showpiece events have ended in tears of despair for Argentina – including the 2014 edition – and they could now equal Germany’s unwanted record of losing a joint-high four World Cup finals, but scoring two goals in every game since the opening matchday is certainly a reassuring statistic.

Only Spain in 2010 have also managed to propel themselves to World Cup glory after losing their opening match of the tournament, but Scaloni’s side have not faced more than six shots per game on average in Qatar, and they will need to employ such defensive expertise lest Messi’s clubmate Kylian Mbappe enjoy a field day.Nearly everything that could go wrong for France did go wrong for France before they boarded their flight to the Middle East. A myriad of injuries to key players, perpetual controversy off the field and an almost unthinkable relegation from the Nations League, which they just about managed to stave off.

Very few had France down as one of the contenders to go all the way in Qatar, but those who received Les Bleus in the sweepstakes may be feeling a little more smug right about now, as the defending champions prove exactly why the trophy continues to glisten in their cabinet. No Paul Pogba? No N’Golo Kante? No Karim Benzema, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner? No problem for Didier Deschamps. The World Cup-winning player and manager – one of only three men with such a title on their CV – was even asked about the prospect of bringing Benzema back for the final following his recovery from a thigh injury, but his exhausted sigh and refusal to answer the question was that of a man who only has eyes for his present protagonists.

After preventing football from coming home to England, France faced a true test of their mettle against the first-ever African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, and they were certainly given a couple of scares against a Morocco side roared on by their ever-vociferous support. The gloves of Hugo Lloris and heroic interventions of Ibrahima Konate were needed on occasion for Les Bleus, who came up against a team yet to concede to an opposing player in the tournament, but Theo Hernandez changed all of that with his acrobatic fifth-minute opener.

Randal Kolo Muani then needed just 44 seconds as a substitute to double his side’s lead and end the Moroccan fairytale for another four years, which saw them become the first reigning champions to progress to the final since the Brazil team of 1998, whom they coincidentally saw off in that showpiece event. Finally managing to keep a first clean sheet of the tournament is exactly what the doctor ordered for Deschamps’s men before they contest a fourth World Cup final, and they now endeavour to follow in the footsteps of Italy and Brazil as just the third nation to ever win back-to-back World Cups.

Not since the 1978 group stage have the 1998 and 2018 winners suffered defeat of any kind to a South American nation in the globe’s premier competition, although that was against Argentina, and football will take centre stage for another 90 or 120 minutes at Lusail before the inquest begins.

Fans will fondly look back on the Qatar tournament for its perennial ability to produce shock after shock, with the likes of Morocco and Japan capturing the hearts of the neutrals. However, the exigent issues surrounding migrant worker deaths, treament of the LGBT community and other human rights concerns means that a thick black cloud will forever overshadow a competition that even Sepp Blatter admitted should not have gone to the Gulf state in the first place.

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