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Messi leads Argentina to 2-0 win over Mexico

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Messi leads Argentina to 2-0 win over Mexico

Messi leads Argentina to 2-0 win over Mexico


Lionel Messi came up with another crucial goal for Argentina in a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday that ignited the team’s World Cup chances.

Messi took a touch from Angel Di Maria’s pass across the face of the area and drove a low shot from 25 meters (yards) into the bottom corner in the 64th minute.

Memo Ochoa was unable to reach Messi's low effort, which beat him from outside of the box to make the score 1-0

Memo Ochoa was unable to reach Messi's low effort, which beat him from outside of the box to make the score 1-0


He ran toward Argentina’s fans with his arms outstretched arms before getting mobbed by his jubilant teammates. He looked emotional as he grabbed and shook his jersey, then blew a kiss to the crowd before whirling his arms.

Argentina fans rejoice after Messi’s goal [Teo Kermeliotis/Al Jazeera]

Argentina fans rejoice after Messi’s goal [Teo Kermeliotis/Al Jazeera]


Substitute Enzo Fernandez added a second goal in the 87th minute.

Argentina bounced back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in its opening match. The team is in second place in Group C ahead of its last match against Poland on Wednesday and might need to win it to advance.

Fernandez is just 21 years old and only made his senior debut for Argentina in September following a summer move to Benfica

Fernandez is just 21 years old and only made his senior debut for Argentina in September following a summer move to Benfica


The 35-year-old Messi is likely playing in his last World Cup, which is the only major title missing from his collection.

It was an eighth World Cup goal for Messi — the same number scored in the tournament by rival Cristiano Ronaldo and also Diego Maradona, the Argentina great with whom he is so often compared.

For some, Messi needs to win the World Cup to join the ranks of Pele and Maradona as soccer’s greatest ever players. Thanks to this win, it could still happen.

AP/GY



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