Qatar 2022 world cup final match between Argentina vs France
Referee:Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Venue: Lusail Stadium
Coach of Argentina:Lionel Sebastian Scaloni
coach of France:Didier Deschamps
Argentina and France have met on 12 occasions so far, out of which 3 games were played at the World Cup events, 8 friendly matchups and one game at the Brazilian Independence Cup. The first two meetings at the World Cups in 1930 and 1978 saw Argentina coming out victorious. France was better in the most recent clash at the World Cup, four years ago in Russia when Les Bleus won 4-3 in the Round of 16. It was one of the most exciting games at that World Cup in which Kylian Mbappe scored a brace in the space of just four minutes in the second half.
Argentina did suffer a shocking 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in the opening match in Qatar, but managed to regroup and beat all the opponents to reach the grand final, scoring more than 2 goals in every one of the 5 games played since. Lionel Scaloni’s team managed to top its group despite the opening loss and then edged Australia 2-1 in the Round of 16, the Netherlands on penalties in the quarter-finals, and Croatia in the semis.
It seems that this 3-0 victory over Croatia was Argentina’s best performance at the World Cup and easiest win. This team has only one loss in more than two years and it was that shocker against the Green Falcons.
France also topped its group with six points after defeating Australia and Denmark in the first two games. They relaxed a bit in Round 3 and lost 1-0 to Tunisia, but it was the game Les Bleus could afford to lose.
Didier Deschamps’ side had an easy job in the Round of 16 in a 3-1 win against Poland and passed their biggest test against England with a 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals. France’s experience and quality helped them to prevail in the semis against high-flying Morocco. Although it was a pretty levelled tilt, France won 2-0 and now has a chance to defend the World Cup title.
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