Qatar World Cup breaks goal record after incredible Argentina-France final
Following Argentina’s exciting final victory over France on Sunday, the 2022 World Cup became the highest-scoring edition in tournament history.
The Albiceleste won the competition for the third time in dramatic manner at Lusail Stadium, with Gonzalo Montiel converting the game-winning penalty kick in a penalty shoot-out following a 3-3 deadlock.
As Les Bleus twice rallied back, Kylian Mbappe became only the second player in history to score a hat-trick in a men’s World Cup final, and his third goal of the game ensured the tournament created history.
Mbappe scored the 172nd goal of this World Cup after capitalizing on Montiel’s handball to convert his second penalty in the second half of extra time.
This meant that the event broke the previous record of 171 set by the 1998 and 2014 editions.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s final was the first tournament climax to contain at least three goals from both teams, thanks to a brace from triumphant captain and Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi.