Argentina vs France, live broadcast! Records, updates, how to watch, broadcasts, videos

The World Cup Final is here as Argentina vs France has a lot of amazing storylines, most notably Lionel Messi vs Kylian Mbappe.

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Will Mr. Messi finally get the World Cup he definitely deserves? Or will the rookie, Mbappe, win his second World Cup? Both were brilliant in this tournament and go head-to-head for the Golden Boot and Golden Ball.

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The closing ceremony will take place before the final, as the curtain falls on the tournament in Qatar. And Polish referee Shimon Marciniak will lead the biggest masterpiece in the men’s match. This is the last match before the return of the Premier League, and other top-flight leagues around the world.

As for Argentina, they have evolved in this tournament and Lionel Scaloni has created a hungry team that is able to sit back, then step into challenges and fly forward with Messi pulling the strings and brilliant Julian Alvarez manning the opposition defences. There is a sense of destiny when it comes to this Argentinian side.

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France made their way to the final, rarely coming out on top in this tournament, but given all their injury woes before them, we get to see just how deep this France team can go as they go to back-to-back World Cups. Nicknames for Didier Deschamps. Like Argentina, they prefer to sit back and beat teams on the counter and of course that means finding Mbappe whenever possible.

Here’s everything you need for Argentina vs France in the World Cup Final.

How to watch the Argentina vs France match live, broadcast link and start time

Starting: 10 a.m. ET – Sunday, December 18th
StadiumLusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Spanish TV channels: Telemundo
Running in Spanish: peacock (all matches 64)

We’re going to penalties!

Kolo Mwani almost wins! What a rescue from Amy Martinez. Then Lautaro Martinez almost won it at the other end.

GOALLLL! Argentina 3-3 France. Kylian Mbappe takes the penalty kick after a handball on Montiel. Fabulous. Mbappe hat-trick in the World Cup final.

This is the World Cup for the ages.

GOALLLL! Argentina 3-2 France – Lionel Messi managed to recover the ball after Lautaro Martinez’s shot hit Lloris in the face and Messi packed the net.

Argentina have been much better in extra time so far.

full time – Argentina 2-2 France – Somehow they clung on to extra time. France has incredible momentum. Argentina is everywhere. 30 more minutes to come.

This is brutal. It’s intense. France throughout Argentina. Lionel Messi has a shot saved by Hugo Lloris. What a moment that could have been.

GOALLLL! Argentina 2-2 France – Mbappe’s home shot. This is incredible. What a comeback. Just awesome.

Punishment for France! Argentina 2-1. Mbappe finished after Otamendi brought running back Kolo Mwani.

half the time Argentina 2-0 France – This is going well for Argentina. Could France go more directly and come back to this?

Subs for France such as Kolo Muani, Thuram on Dembele and Giroud.

GOALLLL! Great encounter from Argentina and some great passes to find Angel di Maria and finish him off great. 2-0 against Argentina before the end of the first half. They are in dreamland.

Can France respond? Argentina can now sit back and beat France on the counter. It is perfectly prepared for them.

GOALLLL! Lionel Messi scores the penalty into the net while keeping his cool to send Lloris the wrong way. 1-0 against Argentina.

Punishment for Argentina! Di Maria clipped by Dembele in the penalty area. Great opportunity for Lionel Messi to open the scoring. Argentina started the final much better than France.

The main events, the players have to watch closely

The main battle and story is obviously the master against his apprentice. Will Lionel Messi, 35, win the World Cup he has craved throughout his legendary career? Or will his PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe, 23, lead France to back-to-back World Cups and the second of his young career? Elsewhere on the pitch, the main battle will be fought in midfield.

The midfield trio of Enzo Fernandez, Rodrigo de Paul and Alexis McAllister have been exciting for Argentina, while defensively they are flexible to switch between a back four and a back five. The return of Montiel and Acuna from suspension has given Lionel Scaloni a selection headache as he looks to lead Argentina to their third World Cup victory and first since 1986 when Diego Maradona led them to glory in Mexico. Can Messi do the same in Qatar? However, Messi has been suffering from a sore hamstring this week and all eyes will be on him (naturally) and his physique but he has started. Scaloni starts with four defenses, but Tagliafico starts before Acuna at left back. Angel Di Maria starts in place of Paredes, suggesting that Argentina fall from the start.

As for France, well, they made their way through this tournament and the current champions weren’t electrified. But they have done the job and are one win away from becoming the third team in history to win back-to-back World Cups. Didier Deschamps suffered severe injuries prior to the FIFA World Cup finals but his team recovered very well as the youngster progressed. Ibrahim Konate entered the semi-finals and played very well but Dayot Upamecano started ahead of him. Like Argentina, France still look a bit wonky defensively. In midfield, Antoine Griezmann is stepping back from his years in his new role as a deeper playmaker, and Aurelien Choameni has been brilliant in the role. At the top, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud break through and give France an incredible balance. A lot of players got sick in the France camp, but they all recovered in time. There were also reports that Karim Benzema could return to France’s squad for this final after he left before the tournament started due to injury and was never substituted but has now returned to his list. Deschamps refused to talk about this issue at length and did not include Benzema in the squad.

Fast facts about France

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Current FIFA World Ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
Number of participations in the World Cup: 15
How they qualified: Automatically qualified by UEFA (won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key Players: Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane.
Road to the 2022 World Cup Final: Finish first in Group C; beat Australia 2-1 in the round of 16; beat the Netherlands on penalties in the quarter-finals; They beat Croatia 3-0 in the semi-finals

Fast facts about Argentina

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Current FIFA World Ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
Number of World Cup participations: 17
How they qualified: Automatically qualified by CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Emiliano Martinez, Nicolas Otamendi, Julian Alvarez.
Road to the 2022 World Cup Final: Finish first in Group D; beat Poland 3-1 in the round of 16; defeated England 2-1 in the quarter-finals; Beat Morocco 2-0 in the semi-finals

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