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Argentina defeat France in penalty shootout to win 2022 World Cup final

Here’s the latest from Argentina-France in the final.

Argentina v France: Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrate during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar.
Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

After a thrilling month of play at the 2022 World Cup, we’ve finally arrived at the end of the road. The 2022 World Cup final will feature Argentina and France fighting for the sport’s ultimate prize. Argentina will be hoping to send Lionel Messi off in style in what is his final World Cup match, while France look to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil accomplished the feat in 1962.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Argentina come in as slight favorites on the regular time moneyline at +165. France are listed at +185, while the draw is +220. Argentina are slight favorites to win the World Cup at -115, while France check in at -105.

Here are the latest updates from the World Cup final.

Argentina vs. France live updates

Penalty Shootout

Kolo Muani sends his shot into the net and now Argentina can win with a made kick. Gonzalo Montiel, the player who had the hand ball to give France the equalizing penalty, sends it home and Argentina have won the World Cup!

Leandro Paredes makes it 3-1 Argentina! The South American side are one missed kick from France or one made kick themselves away from lifting the 2022 World Cup.

Tchouameni will take the third kick for France. The young midfielder MISSES the frame entirely, and France now trail Argentina 2-1 with the South American side set to take their third kick.

Dybala comes on as a substitute and makes no mistake, giving Argentina a 2-1 lead in the shootout after two kicks eash

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Kingsley Coman takes the second kick and MARTINEZ SAVES IT! France and Argentina are level at 1-1 but Argentina will be taking their se

cond kick now.

Messi will step up to the spot for Argentina for the first kick for his side. The legend makes no mistake and levels the shootout at 1-1.

France will go first and it’ll be Mbappe taking the first kick. He converts his third penalty of the match and puts

his side up 1-0.


120th minute - EMILIO COMES UP BIG FOR ARGENTINA! Kolo Muani nearly wins it for France at the end of extra time but the Argentina goalkeeper sticks out his foot and gets enough on the ball to make the save. We’re heading to penalty kicks.


117th minute - PENALTY FOR FRANCE! GOAL FOR FRANCE! An Argentina defender’s elbow connects on a shot from Kylian Mbappe and he now gets a chance to put France level once again. Mbappe complete his hat trick and more importantly has leveled the score.


109th minute - GOAL FOR ARGENTINA! After some excellent passing, Martinez puts a shot on net that Lloris blocks. However, Messi comes in and puts the ball on frame and it gets across the line before a France defender can send it out.


108th minute - Lloris once again denies Messi on a volley, although this shot didn’t have as much on it as the live telecast initially made it seem.


105th minute - Lautaro Martinez has truly had a stinker of a tournament. He misses two chances at the end of the first extra time period, and Messi’s rocket shot doesn’t find the mark. We’re still tied 2-2 heading into the second extra time period.


100th minute - It’s been a quiet extra time so far, as neither team wants to make that crucial mistake in the World Cup final. We’re likely going to see a more defensive approach. Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez come in for Argentina off the bench.


End of regulation - It’s 2-2 at the end of regular time in the final, which means the draw hits at +220. It was as high as +1100 on the live line prior to Mbappe’s heroics.


90 + 7 minute - Messi almost had his big moment, but Lloris is up to the task and saves the legend’s shot. It’s still 2-2 in the waning moments of regulation.


90 + 5 minute - Giroud has gotten a yellow card despite being on the bench. Not sure what the infraction was from the forward but the ref has put him in the book.


90th minute - We’ve got eight minutes of stoppage time and there are going to be a lot of tense moments over that time. We’re on the brink of extra time and potentially penalty kicks.


87th minute - This match has flipped completely on its head courtesy of Mbappe. Even with France looking sluggish, a penalty offered a glimpse of hope before the PSG star displayed his talent.


81st minute - ANOTHER GOAL FOR FRANCE! Mbappe has the Golden Boot lead with two goals in a span of two minutes to pull the match back for the defending champions.


80th minute - GOAL FOR FRANCE! Mbappe converts from the penalty spot and it’s 2-1 Argentina.


71st minute - Mbappe records France’s first shot of the match and sails it over the goal. The defending champs are pulling out more players, with Griezmann and Theo Hernandez coming off for Coman and Camavinga.


65th minute - Di Maria is subbed off to a standing ovation from Argentina fans in the stadium. The veteran has been responsible for both goals in a sense, drawing the penalty which led to the opener. Argentina bring on Marcos Acuna to bolster their defense in the final half hour of this contest.


63rd minute - We’re over an hour into the final and France have not put up a single shot. Argentina have nine shots, with five on target. There’s a been a big discrepancy in efficiency in the final third in favor of Argentina.


58th minute - We’ve seen a fairly balanced game with much of the action coming in the middle of the park. Argentina still have a big lead in possession at 57% and more importantly, have the lead on the scoreboard 2-0.


50th minute - Argentina have put a few more shots on target, with De Paul’s rocket finding Lloris. France are going to move up more, which will open up more opportunities for Argentina to increase their lead.


45+7 minute - Enzo Fernandez picks up a yellow card after a clear dive late in the first half. Argentina lead 2-0 and will be pleased with their performance, while France have some adjustments to make if they want to get back in this contest.


42nd minute - Giroud and Dembele have been subbed off for France. Thuram and Kolo Muani have come on as France try to field a more attacking side now that they are down 2-0 as we approach halftime.


36th minute - ARGENTINA STRIKE AGAIN! Di Maria gets one in the back of the net on a beautiful break and doubles his team’s lead in the first half.


23rd minute - GOAL FOR ARGENTINA! Messi makes no mistake from the spot and his team is now up 1-0 in the final.


22nd minute - PENALTY FOR ARGENTINA! Dembele takes Di Maria down in the box after a bad challenge and the referee has given a penalty kick.


19th minute - It’s been a fairly even game so far, although Argentina are showing much more intent offensively. Messi and Di Maria have had some good opportunities to get a shot on target.


10th minute - Lloris is down in the box after taking an elbow to the chest while he was going for an aerial ball. He’s getting attention from the trainers but is unlikely to come off at this stage of the contest.


5th minute - Argentina have tested Lloris twice, with Alexis Mac Alister having the best shot of the match so far.


Pregame - Here’s a quick check on the last odds at DraftKings. Argentina still come in at +165 on the regular time moneyline. The draw has come down to +215 while France have moved up to +190. Argentina are now -120 to win the match and France are +100.


Pregame - Outside of the obvious stars to watch, one key matchup will be how the wingbacks for Argentina (Acuna and Molina) handle Mbappe and Dembele. Will the two defenders, who have been great on counter attacks, push forward more and force France’s wingers to pull back or will Mbappe and Dembele maintain a high line and break on counters themselves? That battle on the flanks could determine which team lifts this trophy.


Pregame - We’ve got the lineups for both sides and there are two key changes each. Angel Di Maria gets the start for Argentina, while Marcos Acuna is eligible to come back after missing the semifinal with too many cards. Argentina went with Nicolas Tagliafico to start instead but Acuna might see time in the second half. For France, Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano return after missing the semifinal due to illness.