Hugo Lloris said Sunday’s World Cup final match against Argentina was like a boxing match. Argentina thought they had the game all wrapped up after Lionel Messi and Angel D’Maria gave them a two goal cushion. But French striker Kylian Mbappe turned the game on its head with a two minute brace. In extra-time Messi restored Argentina’s hope, but Mbappe tore it to shreds with a goal from the spot to become the second man in history to score a hat-trick in a world cup final. In the ensuing shootout Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved one French shot, but Lloris failed to save any of Argentina’s spot-kicks in the tense shootout and later reflected on the ‘painful’ end to his team’s World Cup defence. “It’s a painful time,’ the Tottenham goalkeeper said.“‘It’s true that we were bad in the first half, we made a lot of technical mistakes, we didn’t win the duels. “They deserved the lead but in the middle of the second half, we had a burst of pride and the talent of Kylian to come back to 2-2. It was like a boxing match, blow for blow. We fell short but can feel proud.”

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