- Albiceleste threw away leads
- Spot-kicks required in Qatar
- South Americans hold their nerve
WHAT HAPPENED? A thrilling contest in Qatar went all the way after a 3-3 draw. Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria put the Albiceleste on their way, before their talismanic captain netted again in extra-time, but Kylian Mbappe hit a hat-trick for Les Bleus. Emiliano Martinez was the hero again for Argentina in a shootout, as he forced two misses from France, and Montiel smashed home the winning effort.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Martinez saved from Kingsley Coman, while Aurelien Tchouameni fired his effort wide of the target, and Argentina held their nerve to convert all four of their spot-kicks.
WHAT NEXT? Argentina have won their first World Cup since 1986, when Diego Maradona skippered them to glory, with Messi handed the perfect send-off in his final international appearance.