Dayot Upamecano, Lionel Messi, World Cup final

France lose to Argentina in dramatic World Cup final

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France were beaten 4-2 on penalties in the final of the 2022 World Cup. Bayern centre-back Dayot Upamecano started for the French and played the full 120 minutes, while teammate Kingsley Coman was introduced in the 71st minute. Benjamin Pavard did not feature.

Decided by penalties

In a thrilling and dramatic final, Lionel Messi's penalty (23') and Ángel di María (36') gave Argentina a 2-0 lead in the first half. In the second period, France threw everything at it. The introduction of Coman increased their attacking threat and they drew level with a quickfire double from Kylian Mbappé (80', 81'). Coman initiated the equaliser with a strong interception. In extra time, Messi (109') put the Argentinians back in front but again Mbappé hit back from the penalty spot in the 118th minute, taking the game to penalties. While Argentina converted all their spot-kicks, Coman and Aurélien Tchouaméni missed for France as Messi and Co triumphed 4-2 in the shoot-out.

Bayern's final run continues

Upamecano and Coman's appearance continued a remarkable Bayern run. The German record champions have now had at least one player involved in every World Cup final since 1982.

Josip Stanišić and Croatia came out on top in the third place playoff against Morocco:

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