Lionel Messi sparked wild celebrations after he scored Argentina’s first goal in their 2-0 World Cup win against Mexico. The South Americans needed to win the Group D clash to have the best chance of advancing to the round of 16 and their talisman set them on their way.
Argentina was struggling to impress against Mexico even though they needed to win the game to get their World Cup back on track after their loss to Saudi Arabia in their first game. The Albiceleste looked like they were going to fight to break the tie, leaving their chances of reaching the round of 16 in tatters.
However, Messi stepped forward just when he was needed to connect a shot from the edge of the box that caused wild scenes in the Argentine support. The 35-year-old ran with arms outstretched towards his fans as they reveled in his success.
Messi’s goal was praised by BBC pundit Chris Sutton and the former Blackburn striker described it as a shining moment.
“We’ve been waiting a long, long time for that moment of magic, and guess who delivers it?” Sutton told Radio 5 Live.
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“It’s a brilliant goal. It has to be said that Argentina didn’t seem to want to score. It was going to be a brilliant moment. Messi just hangs out, 30 meters from goal, when the ball is passed to him.”
“He has time and space, takes a beautiful left-footed touch to move the ball through his body and, with his second touch, knocks the ball into the bounce in the corner. No chance for the goalkeeper. Messi makes his mark.”
Argentina made five changes for the match, but it didn’t make much of a difference early on as they struggled to beat their Mexican opponents. Messi also struggled to get into the game and was criticized by Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Joe Cole in the ITV studio at half time.
However, Messi made his words eat after the break when he grabbed the game by the neck to open the scoring in the 64th minute. His goal was later followed by another from Enzo Fernández in the 87th minute with the soccer superstar assisting. to your teammate.
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The 2-0 victory breathed new life into Argentina’s World Cup hopes with a win in the final group game against Poland, now enough to secure qualification to the next round.
Their opponents now face an uphill battle after failing to win either of the first two matches at a World Cup for the first time since 1978. They will now have to beat Saudi Arabia in their last group match and hope other results follow their lead. road.
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