WATCH: Messi scores a MASTERPIECE GOAL in 20 seconds as Argentina qualify for World Cup quarter-finals
Lionel Messi scores his first-ever knock out stage game in FIFA World Cup to help Argentina beat Australia and enter the Round of 8 at FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
Lionel Messi, playing his 1000th match, scored a remarkable goal in Argentina's 2-1 win over Australia in the Round of 16 clash at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Saturday (December 4). The South American nation now bokk their spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament where they will meet Netherlands, who beat USA earlier to move to next stage. Australia, despite their limitations, played well in the first 30 minutes of the match. But in the 35th minute, the genius in Messi took over and he scored the first goal for his team, which is also his first-ever knock out game goal in FIFA World Cup.
Watch his goal below to understand the mastery of Messi again:
Later, Julian Alvarez tapped into an empty net for the second goal as Argentina went 2-0 up in the game, almost sealing the place in the quarters. Australia scored a goal in the 77th minute to make it 2-1 as Craig Goodwin netted one goal deflected off Argentina defender Enzo Fernandez. In the last few minutes, Australia showed a lot of urgency Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez was cut to the task.
Argentina continues its good run. They started off with a loss vs Saudi Arabia and now have won three back to back matches against Mexico, Poland and Australia. Their next challenge is Netherlands who will be their toughest so far in the competition. A lot will depend on Messi in that match too as the South American nation will pray and hope that he continues his good form. But Australians showed in the last few minutes that this Argentine team has weaknesses and that is why one feels that despite these wins, Argentina is still not playing the best football that they are expected to show at the stage as big as the World Cup.