Watch: Martinez’s Unbelievable 123rd-Minute Save That Kept Argentina’s Dream Alive

The 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and France turned out to be one of the most intriguing encounters ever. La Albiceleste looked to be the better team for most of the game and was 2 goals ahead until Kylian Mbappe changed the game with his brace in the 80th and 81st minutes. The rollercoaster of the match continued with Messi and Mbappe each scoring one goal in extra time. France may have taken the lead in the late game thanks to Randal Kolo Muani, but Argentina’s goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made an amazing save in the 123rd minute to keep the game going.

Kolo Muani received a superb pass from Argentina’s midfield, straight from one of the French defenders. He immediately took control of the ball and fired a tight shot, hoping to beat Martinez. But, the Aston Villa goalkeeper made a world-class save to deny the Eintracht Frankfurt striker.

Martinez, who also won the Golden Glove, awarded to the tournament’s best goalkeeper, thanked acknowledging that he could have dreamed of winning the World Cup this way.

“Two lousy shots and they (France) leveled. They gave them another penalty, and they scored. Thank God then I did my job, which I dreamed of.” , Martinez told Reuters.

“There can’t be a World Cup that I’ve always dreamed of like this. I was calm during the penalty shoot-out.”

Argentina took a two-goal lead before finally winning their most recent World Cup final 36 years ago, but there is little prospect of repeating that scenario.

However, France was suddenly lit up with hope when it was awarded a late penalty when Kolo Muani was cut down. Nicolas Otamendi.

Mbappe missed the penalty and French President Emmanuel Macron was watching got to his feet. France had faith, and within a minute they were level.

Messi was robbed of possession by Coman in the lead, before Mbappe found Thuram and then knocked his partner out with a stunning volley.

It would become one of the most dramatic moments in World Cup history, and the French players on the bench ran across the pitch to celebrate with their teammates.

Argentina, which lost the 2014 final in extra time, looked devastated, but appeared to have won again when Messi scored afterwards. Lautaro MartinezHis blow was saved.

But France was once again saved by Mbappe when he scored another penalty after a touch to Montiel’s hand. In the end, the match was settled by a penalty shootout.

With AFP input

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