Suara.com – The Argentina national team has successfully advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after defeating Australia in the top 16 match on Sunday (4/12/2022) early morning WIB. The captain Lionel Messi performed brilliantly by scoring one goal in the first half.
Playing at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, this is also a record for the Argentine captain Lionel Messi. This is the 1,000th match for the player with the number 10 back, where Messi has played the most matches while on the Barcelona football team.
After a stalemate at the start of the first half, Argentina was finally able to score through Lionel Messi’s brilliant action in the 35th minute. Nicolas Otamendi’s brilliant pass was finished coolly through Messi’s measurable left foot kick.
Even though they didn’t have much possession of the ball, Australia was not without effort. After being battered and battered at the start of the first half, the Kangaroo Country team slowly got back up as Argentina’s attacks relaxed.
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After appearing solid at the back, Australia’s front row created several goalscoring opportunities. However, the defenders of Argentina are quite swift and straightforward to withstand the onslaught of their opponents.
In the second half, Argentina did not relax attacks. The advantage of one goal is still crucial to maintain.
The match this time was like the stage of a Lionel Messi game. Over and over again, he was able to make the Australian rear guard in a state of chaos.
Luckily for them, Messi’s finishing several times only bounced or narrowly widened from the target.
Entering the 57th minute, Argentina finally increased the lead to 2-0 through a goal scored by striker Julian Alvarez.
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Left behind by two goals Australia tried to press back. The game is even more tense and looks exciting. Several attempts to attack nearly created a goal.
On the other hand, Argentina actually had more opportunities through counterattacks, because now the Australian players are more focused on attacking in order to catch up.
Tried many times, Australia was finally able to get a goal. An attempt to attack the Argentinian defender Enzo Fernandez who tried to hold back in the 77th minute actually went into his own goal, aka an own goal, the score changed to 2-1.
It’s a shame that Australia couldn’t use the remaining 7 minutes of added time to catch up. Argentina eventually won 2-1 and have the right to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup.
In the quarter-finals of the World Cup, Argentina will challenge the Netherlands, who first made sure they advance after beating the United States 3-1.
Argentina (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Acuna; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, Alexis McAllister; Alejandro Gomez, Lionel Messi (captain), Julian Alvarez
Coach: Lionel Scaloni (Argentina)
Australia (4-4-2): Mathew Ryan (captain); Milos Degenek, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Aziz Behich; Mathew Leckie, Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Keanu Baccus; Riley McGree, Mitchell Duke
Coach: Graham Arnold (Australia)
Wasit: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Source: Suara.com – Berita Bola, Jadwal, Skor & Liga Eropa by www.suara.com.
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