Soccer fans once again were in awe of Peter Drury after his comment on Lionel Messi’s goal against Mexico was posted on social media. The goal opened the scoring for Argentina in their crucial 2-0 victory in Group C.
After suffering a humiliating 2-1 defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia in their World Cup opener, Argentina needed a win over Mexico to keep their chances of advancing to the round of 16 of the competition alive. But on the other hand, their opposition also had hopes of advancing to the round of 16 with a win.
The Lusail Iconic Stadium was the loudest of the competition so far, with fans desperate to give their team a boost with their energy from the stands, although the first 45 minutes of proceedings were no match for the exceptional atmosphere.
With the game looking like it was going to fizzle out and end in a draw, Messi picked up the ball from outside the box and fired a ferocious shot into the far corner to have the Argentinian fans delirious. Drury’s comment was equally chilling; as the ball entered the goal, he exclaimed: “Lionel Messi! Oh, that’s what they came for. The magic man. One more moment of Messi and Argentina is alive”.
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The camera then cut to a slow-motion shot of Argentine fans celebrating their captain’s first game, to which Drury added: “They give thanks because he’s one of them.
“How many times have you said that prayer of thanks? How many times have we seen those big, bright eyes? How many times have we seen the faces of opponents, the dismay that he came and marked them?
Argentina looked comfortable after Messi appeared with the opening goal, with young midfielder Enzo Fernández ending the game with just three minutes remaining in regulation. The Benfica star received the ball from a penalty corner before moving the ball to the edge of the box and executing an excellent effort past Guillermo Ochoa and into the top corner.
The goal was Fernández’s first on the international stage, and it certainly won’t be the 21-year-old’s last. The midfielder shone in Portugal’s Primeira Division this season, drawing the attention of numerous top clubs, with Liverpool reportedly keeping an eye on the former River Plate star and weighing whether the bright young prospect could solve their crisis at the midfield in January transfer. window.
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