Messi marks Argentina’s vital victory over Mexico

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Lionel Messi scores for Argentina
Lionel Messi now has as many World Cup goals as Diego Maradona (eight), with only Gabriel Batistuta (10) scoring more for Argentina in the competition.

Lionel Messi produced a moment of signature magic to help keep Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive with victory in a tense clash against Mexico.

In a cauldron of noise at the Lusail Stadium, Messi and Argentina knew defeat would end their hopes of reaching the last 16 after just two games after a stunning loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening match .

The tension was building as Mexico frustrated Messi in a game of attrition, especially in a first half full of fouls and stops that never allowed Argentina to gain momentum.

Messi changed everything in the 64th minute when he took a touch to control a pass with his left foot before drilling an unerring shot past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The masses of Argentina supporters in a crowd of 88,966 erupted in celebration and relief as their World Cup campaign got back on track.

Enzo Fernández added an excellent second with a curling shot into the top corner three minutes from time, but it was Messi who stepped up and made the difference.

Victory in a tough Group C final against Poland will send them into the knockout stages.

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  1. Template number23Player NameMartinez

  2. Template number4Player NameMontiel

  3. Template number19Player NameOtamendi

  4. Template number25Player NameMartinez

  5. Template number8Player Namecoin

  6. Template number11Player NameDi Maria

  7. Template number7Player NameFrom Paul

  8. Template number18Player NameRodríguez

  9. Template number20Player NameMcAllister

  10. Template number10Player Namemessiah

  11. Template number22Player NameMartinez

  1. Template number9Player NameAlvarez

  2. Template number13Player NameRosemary

  3. Template number14Player Namepalaces

  4. Template number24Player NameFernandez

  5. Template number26Player NameMolina


  1. Template number13Player NameOchoa

  2. Template number26Player NameAlvarez

  3. Template number2Player NameAraujo

  4. Template number3Player Namemounts

  5. Template number15Player NameMoreno

  6. Template number23Player NameGallardo

  7. Template number24Player NameChavez

  8. Template number16Player NameHerrera

  9. Template number18Player Namesaved

  10. Template number22Player NameLozano

  11. Template number10Player NameVega

  1. Template number9Player NameJimenez

  2. Template number14Player NameGutierrez

  3. Template number21Player NameAnthony

  4. Template number25Player NameAlvarado



Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Martinez
  • 4MontielBooked at 43 minutesReplaced byMolinaat 63′minutes
  • 19Otamendi
  • 25Martinez
  • 8coin
  • 11Di MariaReplaced byRosemaryat 69′minutes
  • 7From Paul
  • 18RodríguezReplaced byFernandezat 57′minutes
  • 20McAllisterReplaced bypalacesat 69′minutes
  • 10messiah
  • 22MartinezReplaced byAlvarezat 63′minutes


  • 1Armani
  • 2Foyth
  • 3Tagliafico
  • 5walls
  • 6Pezzella
  • 9Alvarez
  • 12roll
  • 13Rosemary
  • 14palaces
  • 15belt
  • 16Almada
  • 17Gómez Villaverde
  • 21Dybala
  • 24Fernandez
  • 26Molina


Formation 5-3-2

  • 13Ochoa
  • 26AlvarezReplaced byJimenezat 66′minutes
  • 2AraujoBooked in 22 minutes
  • 3mounts
  • 15Moreno
  • 23Gallardo
  • 24Chavez
  • 16HerreraBooked at 66 minutes
  • 18savedReplaced byGutierrezat 42′minutesBooked 50 minutes away
  • 22LozanoReplaced byAlvaradoat 73′minutesBooked at 89 minutes
  • 10VegaReplaced byAnthonyat 66′minutes


  • 1Talavera
  • 4Alvarez
  • 5Vasquez
  • 6arteaga
  • 7Romo
  • 8Rodríguez
  • 9Jimenez
  • 11Funes Mori
  • 12elevation
  • 14Gutierrez
  • 17pine forest
  • 19Sanchez
  • 20Martin
  • 21Anthony
  • 25Alvarado

Daniele Orsato


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