Jacques Vendroux 8:45 a.m., December 19, 2022
The meeting between France and Argentina in the final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar goes down in football history.
If the Albiceleste became world football champion for the third time after 1978 and 1986 by beating France on penalties, the Blues offered a memorable evening.
What a strange defeat, what a curious feeling this Monday morning.
After an extraordinary final (3-3) and a penalty shootout, Argentina won their third star against France.
Dethroned but heroic in defeat, this is essentially the message sent to them by Emmanuel Macron in the locker room.
"You have made millions of French men and women dream because you have played great football and great sport. You will learn the lessons, there will undoubtedly be no regrets after this match. You had the heart , the hunger, the desire and the talent to go there. Just for that, I wanted to come see you to say thank you. There are plenty of them who are very young, who will do many more, and you are going to win others because you have an experience that is crazy.
I am proud of you.
Long live the Republic and long live France," he said.
A historic final
One thing is certain: this final will go down in football history.
A majestic evening, unheard of in a World Cup final.
Argentina leads 2-0 zero thanks to Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María.
At half-time, Argentina largely dominated and Didier Deschamps' stroke of genius appeared: taking out Giroud and Dembélé and replacing them with Kolo Muani and Thuram, completely carefree youngsters.
Finally, Mbappé is in a position to score.
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The football prodigy scored two goals before extra time.
But Messi quickly restores the advantage to Argentina and Mbappé hastens to equalize.
The two teams are once again tied with three goals.
Three goals in the World Cup final, unheard of since the final between England and West Germany in 1966 and Geoffrey Hurst's goal 101st minute into extra time.
Penalty missed by Coman and Tchouaméni... France lost their title but we are now waiting to know one thing: will Didier Deschamps remain at the head of the Blues?
Yes, it must.