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    The 2022 FIFA World Cup final in images

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    Argentina and France played out to perhaps the greatest World Cup final of all time as La Albiceleste beat Les Bleus on penalties to win the trophy for a third time.

    The two nations played out a historic 120 minute classic and took the game all the way to spot kicks, where Argentina ran out 4-2 winners to ensure Lionel Messi capped off a sensational performance by lifting the one trophy that has eluded him throughout his illustrious career.

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    Lionel Scaloni’s side dominated the opening 45 minutes, taking a deserved 2-0 lead into half-time thanks to goals from Messi and veteran Angel Di Maria.

    Despite France looking down and out, Kylian Mbappe of course popped up at the death to fire in a sensational brace and force the game to extra time. The first a coolly taken penalty, the second a breathtaking volley to level the game.

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    Extra-time. Master vs apprentice. Game on.

    Messi struck again 108 minutes into what was now a game for the ages. But again, just as Les Bleus looked down and out, Mbappe fired back one more. 118 minutes on the clock, a second penalty, a third goal. Penalties beckoned.

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    Unlike Brazil, whose biggest star missed the chance to take a decisive penalty as they crashed out in the quarter-final, Mbappe stepped up first for France, as did Messi for Argentina. Both converted, but missed efforts from Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni opened the door for Lionel Scaloni’s side, and Gonzalo Montiel stepped up to ensure they lifted the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

    In a final that truly had it all, here are some of the greatest images from the night.

    Angel Di Maria

    Jubilation / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

    Angel Di Maria

    Di Maria pulls out his famous celebration one more time on the world stage / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

    Marcus Thuram, Randal Kolo Muani, Didier Deschamps

    Deschamps had seen enough inside the first half / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

    Kylian Mbappe

    Mbappe levelled the game in a way only he could / Richard Sellers/GettyImages

    Kylian Mbappe

    Mbappe did his best / Richard Sellers/GettyImages

    Lionel Messi, Hugo Lloris, Jules Kounde

    The fine margins that saw Argentina steal a 3-2 lead / Buda Mendes/GettyImages

    Kylian Mbappe

    Ice cold. The future. / Alex Livesey – Danehouse/GettyImages

    Kingsley Coman, Emiliano Martinez

    Martinez gives his nation the advantage / Buda Mendes/GettyImages

    Argentina v France: Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

    Bedlam as Argentina players celebrate with Messi and run towards Gonzalo Montiel while France watch on in despair / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

    Kylian Mbappe

    Fine margins / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

    Emiliano Martinez

    What it means / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

    Lionel Messi

    Messi finally completes the game / Pixsell/MB Media/GettyImages

    Argentina's World Cup winners

    The infamous trophy lift / Richard Sellers/GettyImages

    Lionel Messi

    Iconic / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

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