Argentina wins 2-1 over Australia, Messi spectacular preformance was enough
(MENAFN) Argentina won over Australia 2-1 on Saturday and is going to face Netherlands in the World Cup next round.
As the Argentine superstar entered the field for his 1,000th match for club and country, it was a momentous evening for Lionel Messi. In the game, he scored as well.
In the 35th minute, Messi opened the scoring by beating Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan with a low drive from inside the box.
At the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Ar-Rayyan, the Paris Saint-Germain forward scored his first-ever World Cup goal in the knockout round, giving Argentina the lead at the break.
After a collective press against Ryan, Manchester City attacker Julian Alvarez extended Argentina's advantage in the 57th minute.
Prior to putting the ball into the Australian goal, Alvarez tackled Ryan to steal the ball.
In the 77th minute, Australia's deflected strike by Craig Goodwin cut the deficit to one.
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