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.
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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.
🇫🇷4 yrs ago today 30/6/2018,France beat Argentina 4-3 in the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018;
— FIFA World Cup Stats (@alimo_philip) June 30, 2022
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.
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Argentina vs France: Last five meetings
|June 30, 2018||World Cup
(Round of 16)
|Griezmann (13′-pen), Pavard (57′), Mbappe (64′, 68′); Di Maria (41′), Mercado (48′), Aguero (90′)|
|February 11, 2009||Friendly||France 0
|Gutierrez (40′), Messi (83′)|
|February 7, 2007||Friendly||France 0
|Mar 26, 1986||Friendly||France 2 Argentina 0||Ferreri (15′), Vercruysse (80′)|
|June 6, 1978||World Cup
|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
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.
Following in the footsteps of a legend 🏆
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