Messi leads Argentina to epic World Cup championship over France

Lionel Messi 2022 World Cup Final

One of the greatest soccer players of all time capped his amazing career with a World Cup championship. Lionel Messi led Argentina to victory in an epic final match over France that will be talked about as long as people care about soccer.

You can follow the twists and turns of the match in this rundown from Fox Sports which includes video highlights that were shared by the network on Twitter.

Messi scored twice in the match, while French superstar Kylian Mbappé in France’s amazing comebacks. The match was a story of leads and comebacks. Argentina built a 2-0 lead by halftime, and had plenty of chances to extend the lead. But France stormed back led by Mbappé to send the match to overtime. His second goal was simply spectacular. Argentina took another lead, only to have Mbappé tie it again on a penalty kick in the 118th minute.

The match then went to penalty kicks, which always adds even more drama. It almost didn’t seem fair to have a match this good be decided in this way. Both Messi and Mbappé hit the opening penalty kicks for their respective sides, but then Emi Martinez made his first save in the penalty kick round, and then Gonzalo Montiel ultimately hit the winner for Argentina.

What a game!

Messi deserves this, and we have to consider that Mbappé is only 26. He’ll have more opportunities, but this one has to sting for him and for all of France.

Meanwhile, it’s party time in Argentina!!

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Italy wins Euro Championship over England on penalty kicks

I’m not a fan of penalty kicks deciding a soccer game, let alone an entire tournament. But that was exciting! It was one of the more dramatic penalty shootouts in soccer history, as Italy completed its comeback to win the Euro Championship over England.

19-year-old Bukayo Saka missed the decisive penalty kick after Italy’s Jorginho had a chance to win it with the final kick, while Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho also failed to convert. Rashford and Sancho were late substitutions just minutes prior to the end of extra time, calling into question the strategy of putting players immediately into a penalty situation with no chance to get into the feel of the game.

England took an early lead in the second minute, stunning the Italians, who then began a relentless assault in search of the equalizer. They finally found it in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci tapped in a rebound shot.

This was another crushing defeat for England, while also representing redemption for Italy, one of soccer’s biggest powers that somehow failed to qualify for the last World Cup. Roberto Mancini resurrected the Italian side by finding a way to bring a more joyful and aggressive approach to a side that had become too cautious and unimaginative. This was quite a return to glory for Italy in a tournament filled with excitement. We can hardly wait for the World Cup next year!

Italy dominates Turkey 3-0 in Euro opener

Italy had no trouble with Turney in the Euro Cup opener, dominating play throughout and ringing up three goals, putting the world on notice that the traditional soccer power is back after missing the last World Cup. Ciro Immobile was the catalyst for the Azzurri, forcing a Turkey own-goal and then coming back for a sweet goal off a rebound from the goalie.

R.I.P. Paolo Rossi

One of the greatest soccer players in Italian history has passed away. Paolo Rossi was the hero of Italy’s 1982 World Cup win, scoring six goals during the tournament, including a hat trick in Italy’s stunning 3-2 victory over a great Brazil team. It’s another loss for a soccer world following the recent passing of Diego Maradona. R.I.P.

R.I.P. Diego Maradona

What a loss for the soccer world. Diego Maradona is one of the greatest soccer players in the history of the game.

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