Lionel Messi led Argentina to win the FIFA World Cup after a long 36 years since Diego Maradona earned it in 1986. Last night, Argentina won an unbelievable final match against France to lift the golden trophy.
Lionel Messi had won everything in his career without a world cup. But before yesterday, Messi needed a world cup to fulfill his trophy cabinet. You are already aware that Lionel Messi won the FIFA world cup last night. But here, we would like to talk about the tactics and analyze the game.
At Lusail stadium, Argentina’s manager Lionel Scaloni set up the team formation with 4-4-2. De Maria, De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, and Mac Allister played in the midfield with a diamond shape.
On the other hand, French boss Didier Deschamps played his team in a 4-2-3-1 formation. With the game progressing, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele took over the top positions, and France continued to play 4-3-3. Andrien Rabiot, Tchuameni, and Antoine Griezmann played in the midfield.
As Argentina had four players in the mid, it became four VS three. As a result, Argentina took control of the midfield and didn’t allow France to take an attempt.
France failed to take a single shot until 60 minutes of the match. Besides, Argentina took a two-goal lead at this time. Angel Di Maria was the most effective player for Argentina before he left the pitch. Di Mariya earned a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, from where Lionel Messi scored.
As France’s midfield was not strong enough to create the chance, center-back Upamecano went a bit upper to support the midfield. And guess what? Argentina played a gamble there and made a fantastic counterattack. Di Maria doubled the lead this time with a brilliant finish.
Game of nerve
Argentina were in a 2-0 lead until 80 minutes. It was a close match for Argentina, but they couldn’t stay in cool nerve. Argentine defense became shaky to control France’s speedy attack. In the 80th minute, Nicholas Otamendi fouled Kolo Muani inside the box, from where Kylian Mbappe scored the first.
Conceding the goal, Argentina lost the tempo completely. Therefore, France took the advantage and leveled the scoreline within one minute as Mbappe found the net in the 81st minute.
However, Emi Martinez was the real hero for Argentina as he saved a penalty in the tie-breaker to help Argentina win the FIFA World Cup.