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Sports News of Tuesday, 20 December 2022


Peseiro hails Argentina’s World Cup win

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Following Argentina’s remarkable 2022 World Cup win over France, Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, has sent a congratulatory message to Lionel Messi and his team-mates for winning their third World Cup finals in Qatar on Sunday at the Lusail Stadium.

Messi led Argentina to a stunning World Cup victory, beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after an entertaining 3-3 draw over 120 minutes.

Les Bleus twice came from behind to send the game to penalties as the Albicelestes won 4-2.

Argentina last won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986 and lost in the final three times, but Messi has finally broken the 36-year jinx in Qatar.

France superstar Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick – the first in a World Cup final since 1966 and clinched the Golden Boot award with eight goals.

Messi’s double saw him finish second tournament top scorer with seven goals and signed off from his World Cup career with a medal.

In his congratulatory message, the 62-year-old Portuguese tactician, who was in Qatar to monitor teams and study their style of play wrote on his Twitter handle.

“Congratulations Argentina on winning your third World Cup! It was an exciting game, what an incredible match! You deserve every minute of this title, well done!”

En route to the final, Lionel Scaloni’s men recovered quickly from their shocking 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening group game before bouncing back, to beat Mexico 2-0 and Poland 2-0 and top Group C.

A 2-1 win over Australia in the round of 16, survived a penalty shootout against the Netherlands and thrashed 2018 runners-up Croatia 3-0 in the semi-final to reach the final.

It’s been a remarkable World Cup campaign so far for Argentina and Messi.

Messi has now scored 26 goals in major international tournaments for Argentina with 13 World Cup goals, and 13 Copa América goals, to become the most of any South American player in history across the two competitions, overtaking Ronaldo who had 25 goals.