Russian President Vladimir Putin said today, on Monday, that he watched the final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, RIA Novosti reports.
Putin said at a press conference following Russian-Belarusian talks: “As for the football match, I watched the second half. From the moment the score was (2:2). I watched extra time.”
He later added that he “could not call Argentine President” Alberto Fernandez and congratulate him.
Yesterday, Sunday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin called his Argentine counterpart Alberto Fernandez and congratulated him on his country’s victory in the World Cup.
Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after drawing 3-3 in regulation and extra time in their final match last night, Sunday, at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
In conclusion, the Russian President said: “I know that Argentina is a football country. The people there are really very kind, they love their players, including famous ones. I think they deserved this win.”
Answering journalists’ questions, Putin said: “It seems to me that God was also on the side of the fans. And we have to thank both teams for a great match. They have created a real ballroom for all sports and football lovers in the world. Both teams played brilliantly, so I have to say a big thank you to them. Indeed, there was a drama, but until the last moment, as they say, they fought and fought well, but the strongest won.
Notably, the Argentina national team became the World Cup champion after waiting 36 years, the third time in history after many years (1978 and 1986) compared to France’s two titles in years (1998 and 2018). ).