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PHOTOS: Argentina beats France on penalties to win 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup ends on Sunday with Argentina winning. Argentina got off to a strong start with a 2-0 lead over France, but Frenchman Kylian Mbappe quickly turned things around with two goals of his own in the second half. Argentinian star Lionel Messi broke the tie with a goal with minutes remaining and Argentina looked to seal the victory again - until Mbappe netted his third late penalty for his second hat-trick in World Cup final history. After an exciting penalty shootout, the Argentine team won. Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez blocked France's second shot and French winger Kingsley Coman missed a penalty. The game ended 3-3, with Argentina leading 4-2 on penalties.


Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on Sergio 'Kun' Aguero's shoulders as their team celebrates their victory over France in the 2022 World Cup final on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar.

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds up the winner's trophy after the team won the 2022 World Cup final against France on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. Manu Fernandez/AP

Argentina's campaign at this year's World Cup began with a disastrous defeat against Saudi Arabia. It looks like Messi's World Cup run is coming to an end soon. Instead, Argentina went on and won every game they played thereafter

 Their opponents in the final and defending champions France dominated the match in Qatar. In the previous game, France struggled to maintain that momentum in the first half. After halftime, Mbappe's hat-trick almost turned the tide. The pressure came to a head in the penalty shootout, ruining France's scoring chances.

Croatia's Joško Gvardiol heads to score during the 2022 World Cup's third-place play-off match with Morocco on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

 Croatia and Morocco also meet in this weekend's third-place battle. Croatia won 2-1 on Saturday. The defeat did not end Morocco's historic triumph as the first African and Arab team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Croatia's Joško Gvardiol and Morocco's Achraf Dari scored early in the game. After an intense first-half substitution, Mislav Orsic cemented Croatia's lead just before half-time. Despite multiple attempts, 
Morocco failed to score again
Soccer fans hold up a flag of Argentina while celebrating the team's 2022 World Cup win over defending champions France in downtown Buenos Aires on Sunday, Dec. 18. Victor R. Caivano/AP

 The 2026 World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, soccer fans can keep an eye on games across Europe, where favorites like Lionel Messi go head-to-head throughout the year.

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