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2022 FIFA World Cup Final

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2022 FIFA World Cup Final
Event2022 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
Argentina won 4–2 on penalties
Date18 December 2022 (2022-12-18)
VenueLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Man of the MatchLionel Messi (Argentina)
RefereeSzymon Marciniak (Poland)
WeatherPartly cloudy
22 °C (72 °F)
64% humidity[1][2]

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Final was the last game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is a big competition for men's national football teams held by FIFA. The match took place at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on 18 December 2022, which is Qatar's National Day. Argentina and defending champions France were the teams playing in the final. It was watched by 88,966 fans in the stadium, and an astonishing 1.5 billion people watched it on TV, making it one of the most-watched sports events ever. The tournament had 32 teams, including the host country Qatar and 31 others who qualified through competitions organized by FIFA. They first played in groups, and then 16 teams made it to the knockout stage.

In the lead-up to the final, Argentina did well in Group C, with a loss to Saudi Arabia but wins against Mexico and Poland. In the knockout stage, they defeated Australia, the Netherlands, and Croatia. France, on the other hand, topped Group D with wins against Australia and Denmark, and a loss to Tunisia. They beat Poland, England, and Morocco in the knockout rounds to reach the final.

During the final, Lionel Messi scored a penalty in the 23rd minute to give Argentina the lead. Ángel Di María later scored another goal in the 36th minute. Kylian Mbappé scored twice in the 81st minute to equalize for France. During extra time, Messi scored again to give Argentina a 3-2 lead. Mbappé scored another penalty to tie the game 3-3 just minutes before the end. Eventually, Argentina won the penalty shoot-out 4-2, securing their third World Cup title and their first since 1986.

It was a memorable final, with Argentina becoming the second team to win the World Cup after losing their first game. France scored three goals in the final but still lost, a first in World Cup history. Lionel Messi was named the man of the match and received the Golden Ball award for being the best player in the tournament. Many experts and fans consider this match as one of the greatest World Cup finals and one of the best matches in football history.[3]

Venue[change | change source]

The final will be played in the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, which is around 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of the city centre of Doha.[4] The stadium was planned to host the final as part of Qatar's World Cup bid,[5] and was confirmed as the final venue on 15 July 2020.[6] Nine other matches, six group stage and three other knockout games will also be played at the stadium.[7]

The Lusail Iconic Stadium, owned by the Qatar Football Association, was built because of Qatar's winning bid for the World Cup. The stadium was designed by British firm Foster + Partners and Populous,[8] supported by MANICA Architecture.[9] The stadium will be cooled using solar power and will have a zero carbon footprint.[10] Construction started in April 2017,[11] and was supposed to finish in 2020. But, the construction of the stadium was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ended up finishing in November 2021.[12] There still has not been a game played in the stadium.[13]

Route to the final[change | change source]

Argentina Round France
Opponents Result Group stage Opponents Result
 Saudi Arabia 1–2 Match 1  Australia 4–1
 Mexico 2–0 Match 2  Denmark 2–1
 Poland 2–0 Match 3  Tunisia 0–1
Group C winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Argentina 3 6
2  Poland 3 4
3  Mexico 3 4
4  Saudi Arabia 3 3
Source: FIFA
Final standings Group D winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  France 3 6
2  Australia 3 6
3  Tunisia 3 4
4  Denmark 3 1
Source: FIFA
Opponents Result Knockout stage Opponents Result
 Australia 2–1 Round of 16  Poland 3–1
 Netherlands 2–2 (aet) (4–3 p) Quarter-finals  England 2–1
 Croatia 3–0 Semi-finals  Morocco 2–0

Match[change | change source]

Details[change | change source]

Argentina 3–3 (a.e.t.) France
Attendance: 88,966

GK 23 Emiliano Martínez Yellow card 120+5'
RB 26 Nahuel Molina Substituted off 91'
CB 13 Cristian Romero
CB 19 Nicolás Otamendi
LB 3 Nicolás Tagliafico Substituted off 120+1'
DM 24 Enzo Fernández Yellow card 45+7'
CM 7 Rodrigo De Paul Substituted off 102'
CM 20 Alexis Mac Allister Substituted off 116'
RF 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 9 Julián Álvarez Substituted off 102'
LF 11 Ángel Di María Substituted off 64'
MF 8 Marcos Acuña Yellow card 90+8' Substituted in 64'
DF 4 Gonzalo Montiel Yellow card 116' Substituted in 91'
MF 5 Leandro Paredes Yellow card 114' Substituted in 102'
FW 22 Lautaro Martínez Substituted in 102'
DF 6 Germán Pezzella Substituted in 116'
FW 21 Paulo Dybala Substituted in 120+1'
Lionel Scaloni
GK 1 Hugo Lloris (c)
RB 5 Jules Koundé Substituted off 120+1'
CB 4 Raphaël Varane Substituted off 113'
CB 18 Dayot Upamecano
LB 22 Théo Hernandez Substituted off 71'
CM 8 Aurélien Tchouaméni
CM 14 Adrien Rabiot Yellow card 55' Substituted off 96'
RW 11 Ousmane Dembélé Substituted off 41'
AM 7 Antoine Griezmann Substituted off 71'
LW 10 Kylian Mbappé
CF 9 Olivier Giroud Yellow card 90+5' Substituted off 41'
FW 12 Randal Kolo Muani Substituted in 41'
FW 26 Marcus Thuram Yellow card 87' Substituted in 41'
FW 20 Kingsley Coman Substituted in 71'
MF 25 Eduardo Camavinga Substituted in 71'
MF 13 Youssouf Fofana Substituted in 96'
DF 24 Ibrahima Konaté Substituted in 113'
DF 3 Axel Disasi Substituted in 120+1'
Didier Deschamps

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)[14]

Assistant referees:
Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
Fourth official:
Ismail Elfath (United States)
Reserve assistant referee:
Kathryn Nesbitt (United States)
Video assistant referee:
Tomasz Kwiatkowski (Poland)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Juan Soto (Venezuela)
Kyle Atkins (United States)
Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
Stand-by video assistant referee:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Stand-by assistant video assistant referee:
Corey Parker (United States)

Match rules[15]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Each team was given only three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.

References[change | change source]

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  9. "Lusail Iconic Stadium World Cup 2022: Qatar World Cup Stadium". fifaworldcupnews.com. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  10. "Qatar's Lusail Iconic Stadium for Solar World Cup Stadium". architecture-view.com. 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  11. "Work starts on Qatar World Cup final stadium at Lusail". thepeninsulaqatar.com. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  12. Parkes, James (23 November 2021). "Foster + Partners-designed Lusail Stadium among eight completed Qatar World Cup venues". Dezeen. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  13. Sobura, Tomasz (2 February 2022). "New stadium: The date bowl still awaiting its first game". StadiumDB.com. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  14. "Argentina and Messi spot on for World Cup glory". FIFA. 18 December 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  15. "Regulations – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2022.

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