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Qatar 2022 Final: Argentina and France Lock Horns

Qatar 2022 World Cup final game is upon us, as Argentina and France battle for international supremacy and a place among the elite teams in the sport's history to call themselves world champions.

Lionel Messi is hoping to add the most coveted piece of silverware to his already crowded trophy case, while France are looking to become the first team to repeat since 1962 with Kylian Mbappe continuing on a path toward becoming an all-time great.

As the two top soccer nations standing get set to face off, here's an overview of key statistics and trends for this matchup

Argentina vs. France: Head to Head

France have only won three of their 12 all-time meetings against Argentina. They have met three times previously at the World Cup, with Argentina winning two.

Argentina have won four of the last five meetings, but France won the most recent game, knocking the South American side out of the 2018 World Cup in the Round of 16.

All-time head-to-head record: Argentina 6 wins, France 3 wins, 3 draws

Argentina at the FIFA World Cup

World Cup final appearances: Only Germany have competed in more World Cup finals (8) than Argentina (6). Argentina have two prior World Cup titles, coming in 1978 and 1986, but have lost three other times.

World Cup final heartbreak: Defeat for Argentina would see them equal the record for most World Cup final losses in the tournament's history.

Bounce-back ability: Only one other team in World Cup history recovered from defeat in their first match to win the title — Spain in 2010, who lost to Switzerland 1-0 to begin Group H play, and would go on to win every single knockout match by a 1-0 scoreline, including the final. Argentina suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia to open their tournament.

Lockdown defense: Argentina have conceded just 2.4 expected goals across the entire tournament, behind only Brazil and Mexico. The 1.3 shots on target faced per match is the lowest in the tournament.

France at the FIFA World Cup

Back-to-back titles: With a win, France would be the first team to defend a World Cup title since Brazil in 1962.

Knockout masters: France have won all seven of their knockout games since the start of the 2018 World Cup, with all victories coming in regulation.

Bring on South America: France have gone 10 World Cup games against South American opposition unbeaten, dating all the way back to defeat to Argentina in 1978.

Good luck beating France: Dating back to the 2006 World Cup, in which France finished second, Les Bleus have tasted defeat just four times in 28 matches, winning 20 of them.

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