Qatar 2022 timeline: How Argentina got here to raise the World Cup


Argentina received the World Cup after beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties, following an exhilarating 3-Three draw after additional time.

Lifting the World Cup trophy on Sunday afternoon was the climax of seven matches in a month. Here’s the story of Argentina’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

November 22 (group stage): Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina with two second-half targets of their opening Group C World Cup match, marking the primary upset of the event.

It all appeared to be going to plan for the Argentines after Messi slotted in a penalty after 10 minutes. Two extra first-half Argentina targets had been dominated offside, however a reinvigorated Saudi workforce took the sphere within the second. Saleh Alshehri opened their scoring within the 48th minute, guiding a shot by means of Argentinian goalkeeper Damian Martinez’s legs.

A couple of minutes later, winger Salem Aldawsari reduce inside and curled a magnificence into the highest nook.

November 26 (group stage): Argentina 2-0 Mexico

Superb targets by Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez earned Argentina a 2-Zero win over Mexico in a pulsating environment on the Lusail Stadium, respiratory new life into Messi’s World Cup marketing campaign.

Messi broke the impasse within the 64th minute, arrowing a low shot by means of a crowd of defenders into the nook, equalling Diego Maradona’s Argentina document of 21 matches and eight targets on the World Cup.

Fernandez sealed the victory within the 87th minute with a beautiful arcing strike, changing into the youngest participant to attain at a World Cup for Argentina since Messi himself in 2006.

November 30 (group stage): Poland 0-2 Argentina

Argentina coasted previous Poland in a 2-Zero victory to high Group C and ensure their place within the final 16 of the World Cup, signalling a return to type for the South American giants.

Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez’s second-half targets capped a dominant show by coach Lionel Scaloni’s expenses at Stadium 974 – which was packed to the rafters with tens of hundreds of raucous Argentinian supporters.

December 3 (final 16): Argentina 2-1 Australia

Messi, taking part in in his 1,000th sport, opened the scoring within the 35th minute, one among few highlights of a torpid Round of 16 first half at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

A second purpose for Argentina adopted simply earlier than the hour mark, courtesy of Julian Alvarez, after a notable lapse by Australia’s defence.

The Socceroos, who performed a compact sport, scored a 77th-minute comfort purpose when Craig Goodwin’s shot deflected into the online off Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

December 9 (quarterfinal): Argentina 4-Three pens (2-2 aet) Netherlands

Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties in a dramatic, testy quarterfinal at Lusail’s Iconic Stadium to arrange a semifinal in opposition to Croatia, after their World Cup quarterfinal completed 2-2 after additional time.

A complete of 17 yellow playing cards had been handed out within the match on Friday, which seemed to be going Argentina’s method till the Netherlands equalised within the 10th minute of stoppage time.

December 13 (semi-final): Argentina 3-0 Croatia

After half an hour of dominating the semifinal, Croatia misplaced management. Julian Alvarez received a penalty from a counterattack, which Messi smashed in. His eleventh purpose at a World Cup took him previous the good Gabriel Batistuta’s Argentinian document for many World Cup targets.

Just 5 minutes later, doubled Argentina’s lead with a surprising run and luck of the bounce within the penalty space.

In the 73rd minute, Messi picked up the ball on the left below problem from Josko Gvardiol and pulled off one other trademark run: dancing in the direction of the field and handed it off for Alvarez to complete. Another particular second from most likely one of the best participant to ever play this sport.

December 18 (last): Argentina 4-2 pens (3-Three aet) France

France had come from two targets all the way down to degree over 90 minutes with Mbappe netting twice in two minutes, together with an 80th-minute penalty.

The France striker accomplished his hat-trick within the 118th with one other spot-kick after Argentina’s Lionel Messi had tapped in for a 3-2 lead within the 109th minute.

Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni fired vast.

Gonzalo Montiel scored the clinching penalty kick to present Argentina their first world title since 1986, and third total.