Argentina Vs France: Which Team Will Earn Its Third Star On December 18?

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Argentina vs France clash will mark the climax of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The clash will go down at the Lusail Stadium at 16:00 on December 18, 2022.

Argentina Vs France: Which Team Will Earn Its Third Star On December 18?

The two teams are deserved finalists after brilliant group stage finish and knockout wins.

Pertinently, both teams finish on a similar number of points in the group stage – six points each.

Argentina opened their 2022 World Cup campaign on a disappointing note, losing 2-1 to a less-fancied Saudi Arabia. They went ahead to humble Mexico 2-0, and defeat Poland 2-0.

Led by the playmaker and football genius Lionel Messi, they defeated Australia 2-1 in the round of 16 to set up a quarterfinal tie with the Netherlands.

It was another win, but via penalty shootouts, after they settled for a 2-2 draw through regulation and extra-time. The Argentines eliminated the Dutch 4-3 on penalties. They played Croatia in the semifinals and cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory.

France opened their World Cup campaign on a brilliant note, humbling Australia 4-1. They won 2-1 against Denmark in their second game and settled for a 1-0 loss to Tunisia in their last group game.

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The Didier Deschamps-led squad clashed with Poland in the round of 16, winning 3-1. They defeated England 2-1 in the quarterfinals and eliminated belligerent Morocco with a 2-0 win in the semifinals.

The two teams – Argentina and France will battle each other in South America Vs Europe World Cup final.

Argentina Vs France World Cup Head to Head

Both teams have met three times in World Cup. Their first meeting was in the 1930 World Cup hosted on South American soil. It was a Group A encounter between the two teams at the Parque Central Stadium.

Argentina Vs France: Which Team Will Earn Its Third Star On December 18?

Argentina ran out winners of the match but needed an 81st-minute strike by Monti to secure the win.

Their second meeting in the World Cup was in 1978 when Argentina hosted the tournament. It was still a Group A game between both sides at the El Monumental Stadium.

Argentina Vs France: Which Team Will Earn Its Third Star On December 18?

Passarella opened the scoring for Argentina via a spot kick to give Argentina the lead in the 41st minute. Michel Platini equalised in the 61st minute, but Argentina regained their lead in the 74th minute, with Luque on the score sheet. Argentina recorded their second successive win against the Europeans. They also went on to win the tournament.

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Their third meeting is the most recent World Cup match between both teams. The two teams clashed in the round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It was a rain of goals – a seven-goal thriller at the Kazan Arena in Russia.

France harvested their pound of flesh after two previous losses, but it was a dramatic encounter. Antoine Griezmann dropped the curtain-raiser in the 13th minute, converting a spot kick to give France the lead in the 13th minute.

Angel Di Maria equalised in the 41st minute, and Mercado put Argentina ahead in the 48th minute.

Nine minutes later, Pavard scored for France to bring the scoreline to a 2-2 draw. A few minutes later, Kylian Mbappe nailed the game for France with a quick brace in the 64th and 68th minutes.

Argentina Vs France: Which Team Will Earn Its Third Star On December 18?

Sergio Aguero got a consolation goal in stoppage time as France ran away with a 4-3 win to progress to the quarterfinals. The French team went ahead to win the tournament.

Argentina Vs France 2022 World Cup final is a tiebreaker. Both teams have four World Cup trophies between them – two apiece.

Argentina won its first World Cup trophy in 1978 before winning a second in 1986. France won their first World Cup trophy in 1998, winning a second in 2018. Both teams will be looking for their third star when they battle each other in a match-of-the-century encounter on December 18, 2022, at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

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It will be a hotly contested game, given the quality in Argentina, but the French team is more likely to win the trophy.

Didier Deschamps is a tactical genius and knows how to twist his game and get the best out of his players. Argentina will face an uphill task to match France’s high-speed and defence-breaking forwards, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, and Ousmane Dembele on the frontline.

The Argentines will rely heavily on Lionel Messi to open up chances, but it will still be a tough task for the team. While most pundits will give it to France, a win for Argentina is not an upset. They also possess the quality and depth to win the trophy. Hence, it is a game of almost equal chances and might likely be decided via penalties.

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