Argentina will face defending champions France in the ongoing FIFA World Cup final at the Lucille Stadium on Sunday. Argentina look to win a third World Cup, and their first in 36 years. La Albiceleste lifted the title in 1978 and 1986, with the late great diego Maradona has played a key role in both victories. Argentina also reached the final in 1990 and 2014, but lost to Germany on both occasions. Sunday’s final will be Argentina’s sixth, but the journey has not been the easiest Lionel Messi– Leading aspect.
Here’s Argentina’s road to the FIFA World Cup finals:
Group ‘C’ includes Argentina along with Saudi Arabia, Poland and Mexico.
Their opening match against Saudi Arabia ended in a 1-2 defeat, although Messi gave the South American champions an early lead.
Messi was on target again as Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 in their second match.
Julian Alvarez and Poland in the third and final match of the group Alexis McAllister scored to give Argentina a 2-0 win as well as top spot.
Round of 16 (Argentina vs Australia)
Argentina went to the knockouts with a lot of optimism. Messi took center stage once again, when he opened the scoring against the Socceroos.
Alvarez put Argentina 2-0 up before Australia almost came back.
Australia almost equalized in the dying minutes of the match after falling behind, thanks to an own goal by Enzo Fernandez, but Emiliano Martinez had other ideas as he made a crucial save to send Argentina through to the next round.
Quarter-Final (Argentina vs Netherlands)
Messi produced another masterclass as he teed up Nahuel Molina for the opener from the spot before putting Argentina 2-0 up.
However, the Netherlands threw the kitchen sink at Argentina in the final 15 minutes and stoppage time to take the game to penalties.
Second-half substitute Wout Weghorst scored both goals for the Dutch.
Spanish referee, Antonio Miguel Matu Lahoz added extra flavor to the crunch tie as he handed the Dutch right-back 18 bookings including a red card. Denzel Dumfries.
In the end, Argentina won the match 4-3 on penalties.
Semi-Final (Argentina vs Croatia)
Argentina ended Croatia’s hopes of reaching the final for the second time in as many editions.
The match ended 3-0 but it took a while for Argentina to break down Croatia.
However, Croatia’s goalkeeper Alvarez was brought down inside the box and Argentina got a penalty. Dominic Livakovic.
Messi stepped up to take the spot-kick and put it past Livakovic to give Argentina a 1-0 lead.
Alvarez then scored twice in a comprehensive win as well as a place in the final.
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