Issued on: 26/11/2022 – 22:23
Lionel Messi got here up with one other essential aim for Argentina in a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday that ignited the crew’s World Cup possibilities.
Messi took a contact from Angel Di Maria’s go throughout the face of the realm and drove a low shot from 25 meters (yards) into the underside nook within the sixty fourth minute.
He ran towards Argentina’s followers along with his arms outstretched earlier than getting mobbed by his jubilant teammates. He seemed emotional as he grabbed and shook his jersey, then blew a kiss to the gang earlier than whirling his arms.
Substitute Enzo Fernandez added a second aim within the 87th minute.
Argentina bounced again from a stunning 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in its opening match. The crew is in second place in Group C forward of its final match in opposition to Poland on Wednesday and may want to win it to advance.
The 35-year-old Messi is probably going taking part in in his final World Cup, which is the one main title lacking from his assortment.
It was an eighth World Cup aim for Messi — the identical quantity scored within the event by rival Cristiano Ronaldo and likewise Diego Maradona, the Argentina nice with whom he’s so usually in contrast.
For some, Messi wants to win the World Cup to be part of the ranks of Pele and Maradona as soccer’s biggest ever gamers. Thanks to this win, it may nonetheless occur.
Till his aim, Messi was enduring a irritating match, discovering himself with two defenders on him every time he obtained the ball.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made 5 modifications from the Saudi Arabia recreation in a bid to inject some extra power into the crew however they initially made little distinction.
The momentum of the sport modified fully after Messi’s aim, his 93rd in internationals and his second of the event after a penalty in opposition to Saudi Arabia.