Stage set for clash of titans as Argentina take on France in World Cup final

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After 63 matches, the World Cup in Qatar comes to an end on Sunday when defending champions France take on Argentina in a showpiece final at the Lusail Stadium, with both teams looking to add a third star to their crest.

Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in the third-place playoff on Saturday, an entertaining affair that served as a curtain-raiser to the main event where France stood in the way of Lionel Messi and his last chance at glory.

In the France dugout, coach Didier Deschamps has already cemented his place among the game’s legends as a player and a coach – but could go a step further by becoming the first coach since World War I to win back-to-back titles. Second era.

The last time these two teams met was at the 2018 World Cup, where France beat Argentina 4-3 in the last 16 in what was arguably the most entertaining match of the tournament in Russia.

The final will also see a clash of generational stars when Messi, 35, playing in his final World Cup match, will face his 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe.

Both players have scored five goals in the World Cup and could potentially leave Qatar with three trophies as they compete for the Golden Boot for top scorer as well as the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player.

The text of this story is published from a wire agency feed without any modification.

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