Argentina to quarterfinals: Lionel Messi scored his first goal in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16, guiding Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Australia in the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Obviously, this victory sets up a fascinating quarter-final duel with the Netherlandswho previously defeated USA easily. Also, at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha, the Argentina captain opened the scoring with his 789th goal to honor the 1,000th appearance of his career.
“It was a very physical game but I am very happy for the victory and for having taken another small step forward” -Lionel Messi
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Lionel Messi scores his first goal in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup
Lionel Messi, who was playing in his fifth World Cup but had never scored in a knockout match in the competition he is trying to win for the first time at the age of 35, produced a stunning result. When Julián Álvarez doubled Argentina’s lead just before the hour mark by taking advantage of a goalkeeper’s error, it seemed that Argentina I would win easily.
However, an Australian team that had previously beaten all the odds in Qatar in the FIFA World Cup 2022 just getting to the round of 16 he lost valiantly. Only a last-ditch effort from Lisandro Martínez prevented Scotland’s Dundee United’s Aziz Behich from scoring a spectacular late equalizer after Craig Goodwin’s shot bounced off Enzo Fernández for an own goal.
Can Lionel Messi’s Argentina win the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
One of the pre-tournament favorites, Argentina have since bounced back from their first match loss to Saudi Arabia to advance to the round of eight. The opening game somewhat destroyed Argentina’s hopes of lifting the title. FIFA World Cup 2022, but Argentina’s recovery has reignited the fire in the hearts of its loyal fans. Also, the way Messi is a red flag for the teams that will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Australiameanwhile, he’s out after failing to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time, but Graham Arnold’s Socceroos had a breakout season.