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Argentina’s football players advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

, 03.12.2022 21:57

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Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Australia in Qatar’s Al Rayyan at the 2022 World Cup.

In Saturday’s round of 16 match, they beat Australia 2:1 with goals from Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez. The Australians were reduced in the 77th minute after an own goal by Enzo Fernandez, but they were unable to equalize.

The Argentines will face the Dutch, who defeated the USA 3-1, in the semi-final match on Friday, December 9.

It was Argentina captain Messi’s 1,000th official match in his career, scoring his 789th goal and his first ever in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Round of 16 of the World Cup

Argentina – Australia 2:1 (1:0)
Goals: 35. Messi, 57. Alvarez – 77. E. Fernandez (left), ŽK: Irvine, Degenek. Judges: Marciniak – Sokolnicki, Listkiewicz (all Poland), 45,032 spectators.
Argentina: E. Martinez – Molina (80. Montiel), Otamendi, Romero, Acuna (71. Tagliafico) – Fernandez – De Paul, Mac Allister (80. Palacios) – Alvarez (71. Lis. Martinez), Messi, Papu Gomez ( 50. Laut. Martinez)
Australia: Ryan – Degenek (72. Karacic), Souttar, Rowles, Behich – Leckie (72. Kuol), Baccus (58. Hrustic), Mooy, McGree (58. Goodwin) – Duke (72. McLaren), Irvine

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Argentina was the favorite in the match and tried to confirm it in the first half. However, the Australians did not allow the opponent to outnumber them and were careful about individual mistakes. Their hints of counterattacks often ended in the bud and rather waited for the opponent’s mistake.

They did not get that in the first half, on the contrary, they conceded in the 35th minute. The Argentines played a quick offensive action, in which Otamendi tapped the ball to Messi and he fired a cross shot from inside the penalty area at the goalkeeper Ryan – 1:0.

The narrow lead gave Argentina confidence, and even at the beginning of the second half, they tried to dictate the game. Australia’s hopes of a surprise dropped significantly in the 57th minute. It paid off for Argentina to challenge the opponent’s play with two players, and Alvarez punished goalkeeper Ryan’s risky pass – 2:0.

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In the 65th minute, Messi got to an impressive individual action, in which he dealt with several players, but could not finish accurately.

The Australians did not get into offensive actions and the opponent often threatened them with counterattacks. However, in the 76th minute, they had a rare chance, and Enzo Fernandez’s shot unfortunately went into the net by Goodwin – 2:1.

The Australians came alive but had to take more and more risks as time went on. Their defender Behich presented himself in an individual action in the 81st minute, in which he was not stopped by four players, but his finish was scored by Lisandro Martinez.

Argentina could have added a goal insurance several times, but Lautaro Martinez missed several opportunities. Kuol did not equalize at 2:2 in the seventh minute of added time, when he did not surprise the goalkeeper Martinez from a turn in the penalty area.


Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by futbal.pravda.sk.

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