Both nations entered the final in Qatar as two-time champions, with France having won in Russia four years ago, while Lionel Messi was bidding for an elusive first world title with Argentina.
France coach Didier Deschamps made numerous substitutions, starting in the first half after Di Maria doubled Argentina’s lead, but they did not bear fruit until Les Bleus sparked into life late on.
In the 80th minute, substitute Randal Kolo Muani was brought down by Nicolas Otamendi in the Argentina box, before Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe scored the resultant penalty.
Within 97 seconds, Mbappe – who turns 24 on Tuesday (20 December) – struck again, driving a half-volley across Emi Martinez’s goal to make it 2-2.
Mbappe’s brace saw him overtake Messi in the race for the golden boot, the goals marking the Frenchman’s sixth and seventh of the Qatar World Cup.
Mbappe also netted a goal in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the 2018 final, making him the youngest scorer in a World Cup final since Brazil legend Pele in 1958. Mbappe was 19 at the time.
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