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Argentinian football fans partying it up as team beats France for World Cup trophy

Argentina fans celebrate FIFA World Cup win at Dux Central in Christchurch.

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Argentina fans celebrate their win.
Photo: RNZ/Nathan Mckinnon

Christmas has come early for Argentina.

But instead of carols it was latin football celebrations at Christchurch’s Dux Central after a heart-stopping World Cup final.

Argentinian football fans have been partying today after their team edged France which has been dubbed as the greatest decider ever.

Fans around the country flocked to bars who were screening the match, with the on-field action serving patrons an emotional rollercoaster. It was latin football celebrations at Christchurch’s Dux Central after a heartstopping final, which saw Lionel Messi’s clinch glory following a 4-2 penalty shootout win.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi lifts the World Cup trophy after the between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium at the Lusail Stadium, north of Doha on December 18, 2022.

Photo: AFP

Many Argentinians at the Dux were on cloud nine following the climatic finish. “The best in the unimaginable, amazing, so happy,” one fan said. “A lot of emotions emotions but I knew we were going to win.”

Asked how they would celebrate, this pair said breakfast then shots.

Argentina fans celebrate FIFA World Cup win at Dux Central in Christchurch.

Photo: RNZ/Nathan Mckinnon

Further north and the excitement was unmistakable at the Fox in Auckland where about 350 people gathered.

One fan could barely speaking after screaming her lungs out for more than two hours. “I lost my voice, I was that excited. I feel amazing.”

“I’m ecstatic, I cried in 2014 and to see Messi become the greatest player of all time, it’s a fact,” Myer Mahen said.

Argentina fans celebrate FIFA World Cup win at Dux Central in Christchurch.

Photo: RNZ/Nathan Mckinnon

First half goals to Messi and Angel Di Maria put Argentina in poll position. But their fans knew better than to get too carried away. “Not really feeling comfortable, this is a final man.”

The match was turned on its head in the second half when French star Kyllian Mbappe scored twice to square proceedings. French fan Lorenzo Fini was stunned that his side were back in the contest.

Argentina's forward #10 Lionel Messi (2ndR) celebrates with teammates winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 18, 2022.

Photo: AFP

“I don’t have words, those first 40 I wanted to go home and go back to bed. I turned my phone off because all my friends were messaging me ‘screw France,’ so I just hope we win so I can put it right back in their faces.”

Extra time provided further drama as both their stars exchanged goals to propel the final to a shootout. But it was Gonzalo Montiel’s penalty kick and two misses from the French which proved the difference, sending fans in both Auckland and Christchurch into raptures.

Argentina’s loyal band of supporters believed it was the team and Lionel Messi’s time.

Argentina fans in Christchurch watch the FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France, 19 December 2022.

Photo: RNZ / Nathan Mckinnon

“Yeah Leo deserves this, we have a really good team, it is something we have inside our souls and a blood, suffer till the end.”

Peter Barclay, proudly draped in the Argentine flag, was not short of superlatives.

“Fantastic, very excited, unbelievable, we made it!”

“Vamos Argentina!”

Argentina fans in Christchurch cheer Angel Di Maria's goal, the second for Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final against France, 19 December 2022.

Photo: RNZ / Nathan Mckinnon

Abella Mange was gutted, but pragmatic. “It was a very intense match, a great game but it’s so sad for us, a third star would have been perfect but it’s a good ending for Messi.”

Sam Messenger was also philosophical following the heart-wrenching loss. “[I’m feeling] deflated. It was amazing though. I did not expect us to come back. Argentina looked so strong, France were nowhere.

“Then Mbappé just dragged us back into it. It was 80 minutes of nothing then moments of magic, a final is not played, it is won. As heartbreaking as it is, you can’t be upset. Messi is the undisputed GOAT (greatest of all time).”

With some describing the match as the greatest World Cup final ever, it was a breathtaking occasion to cap off what had been an enthralling tournament.

Story Credit: rnz.co.nz

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