Lionel Messi nets first knockout-stage aim in Argentina win

Lionel Messi nets first knockout-stage goal in Argentina win

Lionel Messi’s 999 video games have been stuffed with extraordinary moments.

Nonetheless, his 1,000th sport will go down as one wherein he lastly broke by means of on the World Cup to assist Argentina advance.

Messi opened the scoring for Argentina towards Australia throughout Saturday’s Spherical of 16 contest. It was, extremely, his first ever aim within the knockout stage of a World Cup.

Messi obtained a cross within the field from Alexis Mac Allister courtesy of a arrange from Nicolas Otamendi. The star maneuvered the ball previous a defender, and took his shot. Argentina grabbed an early 1-0 lead in Qatar consequently.

Argentina then stretched it to 2-0 within the 57th minute because of a rating from Julian Alvarez. Enzo Fernandez discovered the again of the web for Australia within the 77th minute, however Argentina held on 2-1 to advance to play the Netherlands — winners over the US — within the quarterfinals.

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Australia on Saturday.
Lionel Messi celebrates his aim towards Australia on Saturday.
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Messi has performed in 5 World Cups and this one could possibly be the 35-year-old’s closing look on soccer’s grandest stage. Argentina, which gained the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, has by no means gained the World Cup with Messi.