FIFA World Cup 2022 Final Live, Argentina vs France: It’s Lionel Messi vs Kylian Mbappe© AFP
FIFA World Cup 2022, Argentina vs France Live: Adrien Rabiot returns from illness in one of the two changes to the France team for Sunday’s World Cup final against Lionel Messi’s Argentina, for whom Angel Di Maria comes into the side. Midfielder Rabiot and centre-back Dayot Upamecano were both left out of the French side for the semi-final win over Morocco after contracting a virus which had also affected other members of the France squad. However, they are both back in the line-up named by coach Didier Deschamps, as Youssouf Fofana and Ibrahima Konate make way. The rest of the French line-up is unchanged, with centre-back Raphael Varane able to play despite missing training on Friday with cold-like symptoms. Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud retains his place in the French attack with Kylian Mbappe on the left, despite some suggestions that the latter would play through the middle and Marcus Thuram would start. (LIVE MATCHCENTRE)
Here are the LIVE Score Updates of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Final, Football Match between Argentina and France straight from Lusail Stadium, Doha:
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Angel di Maria’s return
It was Angel di Maria who netted the all-important winner for Argentina in the Copa America 2021 final, beating Brazil 1-0 in the process. Argentina will need is golden touch tonight!
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Is it the end for Messi in Argentina shirt?
Lionel Messi has already confirmed that it is his last FIFA World Cup match for Argentina. But, would the 35-year-old play for the national team ever again? The question could be answered tonight.
Lionel Messi’s journey with Argentina has always been a complicated one.
Lionel Messi is playing the game of his life,the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.
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— FIFA World Cup Stats (@alimo_philip) December 18, 2022
FIFA World Cup LIVE: France’s stunning record
The defending world champions France are unbeaten in their last 10 FIFA World Cup matches against South American nations, winning 6 and drawing 4. Their last defeat against opponents from South America came against Argentina when they went down 2-1 in the 1978 group stage match.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Stat Attack!
Argentina are into their sixth World Cup final. Only Germany (8) have played in more title-decider’s than La Albiceleste. From the 5 finals before, Argentina only managed to win the 1978 and 1986 editions. A defeat tonight would see them bag the unwanted record of losing the joint-most World Cup final in history (4), with Germany being the other.
FIFA WC LIVE: Closing ceremony concludes, warm-up begins
The glittering closing ceremony is over and the players from both the teams have started to warm-up. We are about half an hour away from the on-field action to begin. Stay tuned!
FIFA WC Final: Shah Rukh Khan at the pre-match show
What a moment for all the fans. Actor Shah Rukh Khan is at the pre-match show of the FIFA World Cup 2022 final match between Argentina and France. Shah Rukh comes to promote his upcoming film ‘Pathan’.
FIFA WC Final: Here are the starting lineups
Emiliano Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; Di María, De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Leo Messi. Julián Álvarez.
Lloris; Koundé, Varane, Upamecano, Théo Hernandez; Antoine Griezmann, Tchouaméni, Rabiot; Dembélé, Giroud, Mbappé.
FIFA WC Final: Probable starters for today
Here are the profiles of players who are expected to be in the starting XI for the final. Read here.
FIFA WC Final: Messi-Mbappe leading the goal charts
Two Paris Saint-Germain stars — Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe — have led the goalscoring charts in the tournament, with both tied on 5 goals each, going into the summit clash.
FIFA WC: Morocco’s terrific run
Morocco were the nation that caught the imagination — becoming the first side from Africa or the Arab world to reach the semi-finals, before losing 2-0 to defending champions France.
The north African nation beat fancied Belgium in the group stage before eliminating Spain and Portugal in the knockout rounds, with their victories celebrated in Doha and across the Arab world.
FIFA WC final: The shocks and surprises
Heavyweights France and Argentina progressed to the final, each looking to win the trophy for a third time after a tournament packed with shocks and surprises.
Four-time winners Germany crashed out at the group stage for the second successive time while Argentina were beaten by Saudi Arabia in their opener in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history.
Japan beat Germany and Spain to progress to the last 16 while South Korea also made it to the knockout rounds in a strong showing for Asian teams.
FIFA WC final: A look back at the tournament so far!
There is no new name on the trophy and many of football’s global superstars are taking their final bow but the most controversial World Cup in history will be remembered as a tournament of firsts.
The build-up to Qatar was overshadowed by allegations of corruption, mistreatment of migrant workers and criticism of the Gulf state’s human rights record from the moment it won the bid in 2010.
FIFA WC final: History beckons Mbappe
While Messi chases sporting immortality, his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Mbappe, 23, is aiming to become the youngest player to win two World Cups since Pele achieved the feat at the age of 21.
FIFA WC Final: Mbappe stands in Messi’s way
In his way stand the prolific Kylian Mbappe and a France team aiming to win back-to-back World Cups for the first time since Pele’s Brazil in 1958 and 1962.
FIFA WC Final: Will Messi have the last laugh?
Messi, 35, has collected seven Ballon d’Or awards for the best player in the world, but his last trip to the World Cup final ended in the bitter disappointment of defeat to Germany in 2014.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Final: Hello and welcome!
The title clash is here!!! will it be Lionel Messi’s Argentina or Kylian Mbappe’s Argentina that will have the last laugh? We will get to know that by the end of the day!
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