It was a dominant first half performance from La Albicelestes, who fully deserved their 2-0 lead at half time.
The only surprise was that it took 23 minutes for Lionel Scaloni’s side to take the lead.And when they did, it was from the left boot of Lionel Messi
Angel di Maria did brilliantly to win a penalty after beating Ousmane Dembele and Polish referee, Szymon Marciniak, didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot.
Soft? Certainly. A penalty? Probably.
There was absolutely no doubt what would happen next as Messi stepped up and sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way.
While the award of the penalty may have been controversial, there was absolutely nothing controversial with Argentina’s second from Di Maria.
They broke quickly and Messi’s flick led to Alexis Mac Allister breaking free. His pass to Di Maria was perfect, who finished with aplomb.
Two-nil after 36 minutes and the Lusail Stadium was bouncing with tens of thousands of Argentines.
Mbappe forces the final into extra-time
However, two goals in just 97 seconds from Mbappe forced the final into extra time.
The first was from the penalty spot at a time when it looked as France were down and out.
Then, minutes later, a brilliant one-two with Marcus Thuram saw Mbappe produce a stunning volley past Emiliano Martinez.