Today Another World Cup Starts for Argentina: Messi on Win Over Mexico
27 November, 2022 | Pranay Lad
Argentina's victory over Mexico, according to Messi, keeps the country's prospects for the knockout stage alive.
Argentine striker Lionel Messi declared that “another World Cup starts” for his nation after his team defeated Mexico in a decisive match at the FIFA World Cup. Argentina’s victory over Mexico, according to Messi, keeps the country’s prospects for the knockout stage alive.
Earlier, Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0 at the Lusail Stadium in Group C play, with two goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez. This victory kept Argentina’s hopes of competing at the FIFA World Cup alive.
After the game, Messi was quoted as stating, “Today another World Cup starts for Argentina.”
“I often advise them that they should keep believing. We completed the tasks at hand today. There was no other option. We needed to succeed so that we could rely only on ourselves.”
The star striker said, “We didn’t play as well in the first half as we could have, but once we settled down, we started to play the ball better, and after the goal, we got back to being who we are.
Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Lusail Stadium to maintain their chances of qualifying, even if it may not have been their most memorable performance.
Argentina was aware that a loss would spell elimination following their surprise 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. Up until Messi’s 65th-minute rescue, they struggled once again.
The 35-year-old, who was likely taking part in his final World Cup, picked up Angel Di Maria’s ball outside the box and unleashed a direct shot into the bottom corner to open the scoring in a physical and tight game.
Three minutes later, Argentina scored the game-winning goal due to a pass from substitute Enzo Fernandez, who cut inside and beat goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with a stunning curling effort. The game’s provider at that point was Messi, who had shifted roles.
The victory, which at times looked improbable in a game plagued by many fouls and lacking in quality, raises Argentina to second place in Group C, one point behind Poland, whom they will face in their last encounter as they try to qualify for the round of 16. Poland will be their opponent.
In order for Mexico to have any chance of qualifying, they must defeat Saudi Arabia.