FIFA World Cup: Argentina beat Australia in World Cup quarter-finals with Lionel Messi’s goal

A Lionel Messi goal helped Argentina book a place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 win over Australia here on Saturday. Messi scored his first goal of the knockout stage of the World Cup in his 1000th career match. However, Argentina’s road to victory against Australia has not been as smooth as many had expected. Goalkeeper Amy Martínez played a key role in Argentina’s victory, preventing the match from going into extra time with a brilliant save in the final seconds of the match. Messi put Argentina ahead in the 35th minute before Julián Alvarez made it 2-0 in the 57th minute. Australia’s hope of a comeback came in the 77th minute of the match when Enzo Fernandez scored an own goal.

Argentina will now face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Trailing 2–0 down, Australia’s hopes of a comeback faded in the final 20 minutes when Craig Goodwin’s shot went wide in the 77th minute after colliding with Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez. Australia then intensified the attacks. The team had a chance to score in the last minute when Gereng Kuol got the ball and he only had to beat the goalkeeper but his powerful shot was stopped by Martinez.The Argentine team has made a good comeback after their upset defeat against Saudi Arabia in their first match and the team has won three matches in a row.

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Messi, playing his fifth and possibly final World Cup, now has 789 goals. Messi, who has been voted the world’s best footballer of the year seven times, has his eyes set on winning football’s biggest tournament on 18 December. Thousands of Argentine spectators were present at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium to watch the match against Australia and were cheering for the team. Messi praised the supporters, saying, “The whole of Argentina wants to come here but it is not possible. This connection, this solidarity that we have, is wonderful.

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