I never watch football, because I am a cricket fan. But, when the matter is the Football world cup, then, I never miss any game of the tournament.
Yes, I love the Football world cup. I kept up my interest in this sport since 1986 when I was a fan of Argentina during World Cup. Our favorite player was Maradona at that time.
Yes, Maradona was one of the reasons for me to really follow football. I watched the world cup 1986 on television even at late night hours, just to watch him, play in the 1986 world cup.
This year is FIFA World Cup 2022, and I had been watching all the matches of this year till the final.
In my previous blog, I asked — Who will win FIFA World Cup 2022 ?
Yesterday was the final, and the Lusail Stadium hosted one of the greatest World Cup finals of all time. Argentina was cruising for much of the match until Kylian Mbappe converted a penalty and scored a sensational equalizer to force the game into extra time.
That led to more insane football as chances flew around at both ends. Messi scored late in the second half of extra time to seemingly win it for Argentina, only for them to concede a penalty mere seconds later.
The flawless Mbappe converted that as well, thus he became the first player since 1966 to score a hat-trick in the final of a World Cup.
And yet, he ended up on the losing side, with Argentina winning the penalty shootout. Messi finally got his hands on the coveted World Cup trophy in what he said will be his last match in this tournament.
Mbappe wins the Golden Boot,
Mbappe wins the Golden Boot, but Messi bagged the World Cup. It was the battle of the Number 10s, as two titans of the game stepped up and gave it their all. But it was the veteran that stood tall in the end.
Surprisingly, nobody expected Argentina to dominate the way they did for the first eighty minutes of the match.
Nobody expected them to lose their lead twice in the match. And certainly, nobody expected Mbappe to score a hat-trick and still find himself on the losing side.
Congratulation to Messi
- Messi had won the Golden Ball in 2014 in Brazil where Argentina suffered heartbreak in the final, going down 1-0 in extra time to Germany.
- But this time, the 35-year-old got his hands on the one trophy that had thus far eluded him throughout his spectacular career.
- Mbappe took the Silver Ball for second place with 2018 Golden Ball winner Luka Modric receiving the Bronze Ball for third.
- There was another Argentinian winner in Qatar as Enzo Fernandez claimed the Best Young Player award.
But for all the criticism that Argentina had received over the years for crumbling under pressure, this World Cup has shown that there is none better than them when it comes to penalties, where nerves mattered the most.
This will be remembered as one of the most thrilling Football matches. Really, what a memorable world cup final. That was an exceptional game with all the drama. I enjoyed every moment of it.
Congratulation to Argentina on becoming FIFA World Cup Champion. They have played brilliantly through the tournament. Being a Messi fan, I rejoice in the magnificent victory.
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