FIFA denies Argentina the world No:1 rank despite winning the 2022 World Cup


FIFA denies Argentina the world No:1 rank despite winning the 2022 World Cup

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Kylian Mbappe‘s impressive triple-goal performance denied Argentina the chance to take the top spot on the Fifa rankings. Still, it wasn’t enough to overpower the World Cup final shoot-out victory. Mbappe’s second penalty kick in the last minutes of extra time earned France a 3-3 draw, keeping Brazil at the number one spot. While Mbappe’s accomplishment was incredible, Lionel Messi led Argentina to a historic victory with a 4-2 result in the penalties.

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The FIFA rankings have been adjusted following the conclusion of the World Cup, and the changes offer little solace for Brazil, who remains stung by their unexpected defeat in the quarter-finals to Croatia. England has remained in the fifth position after their heartbreaking elimination to France, while Wales has fallen out of the top twenty. Qatar crowned Argentina as runners-up, with France moving up to third and Belgium’s veteran squad falling two places to fourth due to their unexpected group stage exit.

It certainly was a surprise that Germany failed to move past the tournament group stages, finishing 14th overall. On the other hand, Japan made it to the last 16 before being eliminated by Croatia in a penalty shootout. As a result, it would have risen to a higher position in the FIFA rankings had it not been for this defeat. Morocco, meanwhile, made history as the first Arab and African team to reach the semi-finals and rose from 22nd to 12th in the rankings as a result.

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Kylian Mbappe achieved a historic feat in the World Cup final

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe achieved a remarkable feat in the World Cup final by netting three goals, which had not been achieved since Geoff Hurst‘s iconic hat trick in 1966. At a mere 23 years old, he has already become the most successful World Cup last scorer in history with four goals. His first two strikes came out of the blue when the French team was trailing by two goals and had not yet taken a shot on target against Argentina until Mbappe struck a penalty in the 80th minute.

Just 97 seconds after seeming out of the game, France shocked everyone with a remarkable comeback to tie the score. For most of the match, Mbappe had been relatively quiet, with only a few unsuccessful attempts to run down the left side of the field.

Didier Deschamps was in a difficult situation and had made a bold move when he made a double substitution in the 41st minute. This proved a brilliant decision, as substitute Randal Kolo Muani won a penalty from Nicolas Otamendi’s clumsy challenge. Kylian Mbappe kicked the ball past Emi Martinez, the Aston Villa goalkeeper, even though Martinez had tried to stop it.

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