Messi living up to his name in Brazil showdown

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Jun 22, 2014, 21:00 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai

New Delhi: The four time World player of the Year, Lionel Messi, has finally arrived. The diminutive Argentine skipper has scored two goals in his first two matches of the on-going World Cup to virtually take his team through to the knock-out phase.

The Barcelona superstar, who has always been criticised for his below par performances while playing for his country, on Sunday, scored an all important goal in the stoppage time against gritty Iran, in a group F match, with the help of a curling shot to win the game for his side.

The goal in the dying minutes came as big sign of relief for Argentina, as well as for their skipper, which gave the fans, who came in big numbers, finally something to cheer for.

In their first match as well, the amazing forward scored an all important second goal against Bosnia Hezegovina to make sure that his team opened its World Cup account on a winning note.

After two goals in two matches, Messi took his World Cup goal scoring tally to three. This tournament is his best chance to put the debate of `club over country` to rest by taking the South American giants to the final.

But after the match against Iran, it`s quite visible that Argentina have to show more guile and precision in their game, when they play against the big teams in latter stages of the tournament.

In the match against Iran, football legend, Diego Maradona was present in the stands to support his national team.