World Cup 2022 LIVE: All the reaction as Argentina and Lionel Messi return home

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Argentina team returns after World Cup victory

Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates have returned to their home country after ending the nation’s 36-year wait for a World Cup trophy.

Messi scored twice against France, but Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe netted a hat-trick as Sunday’s final in Qatar ended 3-3 after extra time.

What was surely the greatest final in World Cup history was then decided on penalties, as Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning spot kick before Messi lifted the trophy that had eluded him for so long.

Argentina have now returned home, while France striker Karim Benzema – who missed the tournament through injury – has hinted that his time with the national team is done.

Follow all the reaction to the final and the World Cup as a whole in our live blog, below: 


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In his first message published on Instagram and Twitter following Sunday’s defeat by Argentina, France forward Kylian Mbappe posted a photo of himself, head down, behind the World Cup trophy with the message: “We will be back.”

More than 24 million people — eight out of 10 viewers — watched the final on French TF1 television, a record high.

In 2018, Mbappe – then aged 19 – became the youngest goalscorer in a World Cup final since Pele when he struck in the 4-2 win against Croatia.

The Paris Saint-Germain star then scored a hat-trick in this year’s final, taking his overall World Cup goals total to 12 (the same as Pele), becoming the second ever hat-trick scorer in the tournament’s final (Geoff Hurst was the other in 1966) and the first player ever to net four goals in World Cup finals.

Mbappe also claimed the Qatar World Cup’s Golden Boot with eight goals at the tournament, more than any other player.

Alex Pattle20 December 2022 09:30


World Cup final reaction LIVE

It was the country’s third World Cup title, and the first since 1986.

“I’m very happy, we really deserved this. The team suffered quite a bit, but it recovered as time went on,” said Josefina Villalba, a 55-year-old nanny who joined hundreds of fans at one of the many public plazas where giant screens were set up to watch the long-awaited match.

Millions of Argentines cried, yelled and hugged as they followed the game, which was a rollercoaster of emotions.

“I feel an immense happiness in my heart because this is the first World Cup I truly enjoy,” Hector Quinteros, a 34-year-old security guard, said as his eyes welled up with tears. “This always happens. They always make us suffer.”

Sports Staff20 December 2022 09:20


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Thousands of fans in central Paris cheered the arrival home of a France team that lost one of the greatest World Cup finals.

Kylian Mbappe and teammates landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport just after 8pm. local time on Monday and descended from the plane in a somber mood.

Smiling airport staff members holding signs that said “Thank you” and “Paris loves you” were passed without acknowledgement by the team.

Looking tired and still visibly disappointed by their loss to Argentina in a penalty shootout in Qatar, the players boarded buses that took them to greet the hordes of excited fans waiting for them at Place de la Concorde. There, the team’s mood brightened.

In contrast with 2018 when France won the World Cup in Russia, the team did not receive a parade on the Champs-Elysees.

Alex Pattle20 December 2022 09:05


World Cup final reaction LIVE

That was the reaction from La Nacion in Argentina, with the media back home delirious after a third world title secured in Qatar following the absorbing final in Doha, which finished with a penalty shoot-out win over France.

The newspaper adds that Messi “touched the sky in Qatar” and that they and everybody associated with the Albiceleste went “through all the states of mind”.

“Campeones del Mundo” naturally proliferated many of the websites and front pages, while Olé used the play on words for ‘god’ in Spanish, hailing Messi with their headline reading: “Lios is Argentine”.

Alex Pattle20 December 2022 08:53


World Cup final reaction LIVE

Members of the team, led by captain Lionel Messi, were all smiles as they descended from the plane in Ezeiza, right outside Argentina’s capital, shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday onto a red carpet that had been rolled out for the squad.

Messi was the first player from the plane carrying the World Cup, flanked by coach Lionel Scaloni, who put his arm around the captain as they walked past a sign that read, “Thank you, champions.”

Alex Pattle20 December 2022 08:43


World Cup final reaction LIVE

Messi scored twice against France, but Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe netted a hat-trick as Sunday’s final in Qatar ended 3-3 after extra time.

Follow all the reaction to the final and the World Cup as a whole in our live blog, right here.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi with the World Cup trophy and coach Lionel Scaloni

(Getty Images)

Alex Pattle20 December 2022 08:30

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