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Was Argentina penalty kick the correct decision? Debate rages on whether Angel Di Maria was fouled by Ousmane Dembele

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Argentina headed in at the halftime break with a 2-0 lead over France in the 2022 World Cup final as they aim for a first World Cup title since 1986.

Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria have been the protagonists for Argentina in Lusail with a goal each for the veteran pair in the opening 45 minutes.

However, the early stages featured a major moment of controversy, as Di Maria went down under a challenge from Ousmane Dembele inside the French penalty area.

Polish referee Syzmon Marciniak immediately pointed to the spot, and Messi slotted home a fourth penalty of Qatar 2022, but the debate has raged over whether it was the correct call.

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Why did Marciniak award a penalty?

Marciniak awarded the spot kick as Dembele appeared to catch Di Maria’s trailing leg as he skipped past his initial challenge into the penalty box.

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However, replays have proved to be very inconclusive, with contact from the Dembele appearing to be minimal, as Di Maria took a tumble.

Was Argentina penalty the correct decision?

Social media has exploded with debate over the decision, as Dembele protested his innocence, and Di Maria’s experience saw him receive a friendly decision.


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