As the French press desperately claimed, Argentina’s third goal in the World Cup final was shrouded in controversy. According to the French media, two of Argentina’s substitutes had run onto the pitch before the ball had crossed the line, making the goal illegitimate.
At the time of the goal, Argentina was leading France 2-0 in the match, thanks to goals from Messi and Di Maria. However, France fought back and scored twice in quick succession through Mbappe, forcing the match into extra time.
It was in the 108th minute that the controversial moment occurred. Martinez was played through on goal and took a shot that was saved by Lloris, the French goalkeeper. However, Messi was there to tap in the rebound from close range, scoring what would ultimately prove to be the winning goal. Despite the French press’s objections, the goal was allowed to stand, securing Argentina’s victory in the World Cup final.