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5 Talking Points For Epic Argentina vs France World Cup 2022 Finale

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The wait is finally over — after six matches for both sides and a goal total of 25, Argentina and France are set to face off in one of the most exciting World Cup Finals of all time. 

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Before you catch the match at 8:30 PM IST on Sports18 as well as JioCinema, here's a quick match preview for this year's biggest worldwide sporting event.

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Messi's Last World Cup MatchThe legendary 35-year-old Argentinian is now set to play his final WC match by his own admission — with several fans hoping that a win would cement Messi's status as the GOAT of modern football.

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Mbappe's 2nd Consecutive World Cup FinalOn the other side of the coin is French forward Kylian Mbappe. Evenly matched WC goal counts and their history as PSG teammates aside, Argentina's biggest threat tonight will be the speed and power to give defenders Otamendia and Romero a serious run for their money.

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Closely-matched StatsNot only do both teams nearly have the same goal count this year, they've even won the World Cup twice before. While this is the fourth time both teams will butt heads for WC glory, it's the 11th final between a South American and European team — with the South Americans winning 7 out of 10 previous encounters.

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Virus Concerns For FranceAn unusual problem arose for the French team earlier this week, as three players have come down with a case of MERS — a flu-like disease that brought back memories of Covid-19. Coach Didier Deschamps has implemented social-distancing rules to help keep the rest of the squad safe, but will we see any surprise benchings this evening?

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More than Messi and MbappeWhile both teams' top scores are the highlights of tonight's game, there's plenty of talent worthy of making a mark on this year's final. Argentina offers some talented young blood such as Alvarez, Molina and Fernandez, while France's more-experienced squad features heavy hitters such as Giroud, Griezmann, and Varane.

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