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Argentina and France  will Lock Horns for the third world cup title.

The FIFA World Cup has reached its final stage. Defending champions France will face powerhouse Argentina in the finals. Both teams have already won the World Cup twice and will now compete for a third time for the trophy.

The World Cup grand finale will be played on December 18 at the Lusail International Stadium in Qatar.

This will be the fourth time that Argentina and France will meet in the World Cup. Previously, both of these teams have met in the group stage of the World Cup (1930, 1978), and in 2018, they have faced each other in the knockout stage.

Fourth Time Face off

Argentina won against France in 1930 and 1978. In the pre-quarterfinal (round of 16) match held in 2018, France won 4-3 against Argentina.

Road to the Finals

In the first three matches  of the group stage

Both teams have won two matches, lost one match each, and topped their respective groups. Argentina topped Group C, while France topped Group D.

Group Toppers

Argentina defeated the Australian team in the 16th round, 2-1. France, on the other hand, defeated Poland 3-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Round of 16

In a penalty shootout reminiscent of the 2014 World Cup semifinals, Argentina triumphed against the Netherlands. Argentina won in the round of penalty kicks, 4-3, after both teams scored two goals apiece.

Quarter Finals

France won 2-1 against the mighty England, making a strong statement ahead of the semi-finals.

2014 runner-up Argentina took on 2018 runner-up Croatia in the semi-finals. However, the South American giants have destroyed the European team 3-0 and advanced into the finals.

Semi finals

A highly skilled French team has outpowered the Morocco team, which had a great campaign in this tournament. France defeated the African side 2-0.

This is the sixth time that Argentina has been in the finals of the World Cup. They won the cup twice, in 1978 and 1986. They were runner-up’s  in the World Cup in 1930, 1990, and 2014.

Sixth Final for Argentina

This will be the fourth World Cup final for the French National Team. They have won the World Cup in 1998 and 2018 and lost to Germany in 2006.

Fourth Final for France

The battle between master and apprentice is expected to be high-adrenaline. Messi and Mbappe are the key players of their respective teams and are already leading the Golden Boot race with five goals each.

Messi vs Mbappe

It’s going to be a nail-biting encounter when both of these powerhouses play against each other.

Prior to this world cup, Messi announced his retirement from international football after this world cup.The Argentina captain will give his all to get this trophy.

One Last Dance

Messi is Argentina’s top goal scorer in the World Cup, with 11 goals to his name so far. He’s also the most capped player for Argentina in the World Cup; the number 10 has played 25 World Cup matches for Argentina till now.

Legendary Career

If Messi scores a goal in the final match, he will equal the goal count of football legend Pele, who still holds the record for most world cup goals with 12 to his name.

Messi to break Pele's record?

Messi (11) has surpassed other football legends like Batistuta (10) and  Maradona (8).

Argentina: Messi, Alvarez, Fernandez, Di Maria, Martinez.

Key players

France: Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud, Hernandez, Hugo Lloris

Key players

The prestigious Lusail Stadium will host the World Cup 2022 finals on December 18. In India, the match will be telecast live at 8:30 p.m. on Jio Cinema and Sports 18.

Final Venue & Timing

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