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Argentina vs France history: Head-to-head matches at World Cup, last meeting, team records ahead of 2022 final

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Argentina and France will face off in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final after powering through the semifinals.

La Albiceleste sealed their place in the final, as Lionel Messi inspired them to a 3-0 win over 2018 finalists Croatia.

France ended Morocco’s World Cup fairy-tale in the later match, striking early through Theo Hernandez before Randal Kolo Muani made it 2-0 in the second half after Les Bleus had survived some sustained pressure.

This match-up is a replay of the 2018 Round of 16 tie, where Kylian Mbappe stole the show as France emerged with a 4-3 victory en route to claiming the title in Moscow.

It will be all or nothing in Lusail, as Messi takes his final shot at World Cup glory, and Mbappe aims to defend his crown.

MORE: Lionel Messi in finals: Argentina star’s career record with a trophy on the line, including at FIFA World Cup

Argentina vs France history

Argentina and France have played each other at three previous World Cups in 1930, 1978 and 2018. 

The first two meetings, in 1930 and 1978, came at the group stages, with Argentina coming out on top, but France’s win in Russia was their first knockout stage clash.

Argentina vs France head-to-head

Heading into their 2018 tie, Argentina had a clear edge on France, in World Cup meetings, but the prospect of knockout football changed the dynamic.

In terms of overall record, the two teams have faced off 12 times in their respective histories, with six Argentina wins, three draws, and three Les Bleus victories.

Mbappe’s brace in that game makes him the top scorer in World Cup games between the two teams, with Benjamin Pavard and Antoine Griezmann also on target in 2018, as the former netted the goal of the tournament.

Argentina vs France: Last five meetings

Date Competition Result Scorers
June 30, 2018 World Cup
(Round of 16)
France 4
Argentina 3
Griezmann (13′-pen), Pavard (57′), Mbappe (64′, 68′); Di Maria (41′), Mercado (48′), Aguero (90′)
February 11, 2009 Friendly France 0
Argentina 2
Gutierrez (40′), Messi (83′)
February 7, 2007 Friendly France 0
Argentina 1
Saviola (15′)
Mar 26, 1986 Friendly France 2 Argentina 0 Ferreri (15′), Vercruysse (80′)
June 6, 1978 World Cup
(Group stages)
Argentina 2
France 1
Pasarella (45′- pen), Luque (73′); Platini (60′)
Jun 26, 1977 Friendly Argentina 0 France 0 N/A
May 18, 1974 Friendly France 0 Argentina 1 Kempes (22′)
Jun 25, 1972 Friendly Argentina 0 France 0 N/A
Jan 12, 1971 Friendly Argentina 2 France 0 Laraignee (4′ – pen), Madurga (75′)
Jan 8, 1971 Friendly Argentina 3 France 4 Brindisi (55′), Nicolau (73′), Laraignee (90′ – pen); Loubet (3′), Djorkaeff (50′ – pen), Lech (64′), Revelli (89′)
June 3, 1965 Friendly France 0 Argentina 0 N/A
July 15, 1930 World Cup
(Group stages)
Argentina 1
France 0
Monti (81′)

Last Argentina vs France match

The meeting in 2018 was one of the best games at Russia 2018 with the sense of potential guard changing as Mbappe starred and Messi was left frustrated.

Les Bleus had more energy across the pitch and an Mbappe quickfire double after the hour mark took the game away from Argentina, despite Sergio Aguero’s late consolation.

France went into defensive mode for their remaining knockout games, but the dynamism of their win over Argentina four years ago, remains as one of Didier Deschamps’ best results as head coach.

Argentina vs France World Cup betting odds

*Odds will be updated here once available.


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