FANS are convinced Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick goal against Argentina should NOT have stood in the World Cup final.
The 23-year-old Frenchman had another outstanding night on the biggest stage.
With ten minutes remaining, he bailed France out of defeat with a brace to force the game into extra time.
Lionel Messi then restored Argentina’s lead but a late penalty allowed Mbappe to complete his hat-trick.
The Paris Saint-Germain ace made no mistake with his second penalty of the night to end the game 3-3 after 120 minutes.
Mbappe became the second player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, after England hero Sir Geoff Hurst.
He also sent his penalty kick into the nerve-wracking penalty shootout.
But team-mates Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni couldn’t keep their nerve and Argentina were crowned world champions with a 4-2 win on penalties.
However, keen-eyed fans claim that Mbappe’s hat-trick goal should NOT have stood in the build-up thanks to a Dayot Upamecano handball.
The ball seemed to hit Upamecano’s raised hand from a Coman corner before falling to Mbappe.
Mbappe then switched the ball to his preferred right foot and sent a sharp shot into goal which Gonzalo Montiel blocked with his hand and conceded the penalty.
One fan explained: “I never want to hear a claim that Argentina didn’t deserve to win again.
“That obvious handball was right in front of Mbappe’s shot, which resulted in his penalty in the 117th minute. He should never have stopped.”
Another said: “How did no one notice at the time? Unbelievable.”
Mbappe’s third goal earned him the World Cup Golden Boot – which outraged Messi fans.
Messi would have received the award alongside the World Cup and his Golden Ball award.
A Messi fan said: “They robbed Messi’s golden boot.”
However, fans also claim that Messi’s second goal shouldn’t be recognised.
At first it looked like the try might be ruled out for offside as the linesman briefly raised his flag.
But when TV images confirmed Martinez had indeed been on the side in the build-up, the goal, almost cleared off the line by defender Jules Kounde, was left standing.
However, looking back at the goal from a wide angle, some fans believe it is SHOULD have been chalked off.
In a snap posted to Twitter, two Argentine substitutes could be seen on the pitch when Messi took the shot.
Their hasty celebrations meant their side had 13 players on the field.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6945959/fans-convinced-mbappe-hat-trick-france-argentina-handball/ Fans were convinced Mbappe’s hat-trick goal against Argentina should NOT have come after France’s handball build-up