Saturday at the World Cup featured the return of Lionel Messi and Argentina, who battled Mexico to a standstill before breaking through on a goal by Messi and eventually earning a 2-0 win that guaranteed they won’t be going home early. Defending champion France spent much of its match against Denmark locked up in a tight battle, but that was before Kylian Mbappé took over, carrying Les Bleus to a 2-1 win and a spot in the knockout round. Saudi Arabia had a chance to continue to wreak havoc on Group C on Saturday, but it lost to Poland, 2-0, after Polish star Robert Lewandowski scored his first career World Cup goal. Continue reading for complete highlights from the day in Qatar.
World Cup in Qatar
World champions: Argentina has won the World Cup, defeating France in penalty kicks in a thrilling final in Lusail, Qatar, for its first world championship since 1986. Argentina was led by global soccer star Lionel Messi in what is expected to be his final World Cup appearance. France was bidding to become the first repeat champion since Brazil won consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962.
Today’s WorldView: In the minds of many critics, especially in the West, Qatar’s World Cup will always be a tournament shrouded in controversy. But Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, wants people to take another view.
Perspective: “America is not a men’s soccer laughingstock right now. It’s onto something, and it’s more attuned to what’s working for the rest of the world rather than stubbornly forcing an American sports culture — without the benefit of best-of-the-best talent — into international competition.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.