After a shocking defeat to Saudi Arabia, Argentina struggled for more than an hour in the second round match against Mexico, but then Lionel Messi appeared.
One of the best soccer players in the world scored in the 64th minute of the game with a precise shot from outside the penalty area, which broke through the hard defense of Mexico, but also caught up with the legendary compatriot Diego Maradona with a total of eight goals in the world championships.
The victory of the Argentines was confirmed by Enco Fernandez, the young midfielder of Lisbon’s Benfica, who hit the net of the Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with a great shot under the crossbar in the 87th minute.
Argentina now has three points after two games and in the last round against Poland they will look for passage to the round of 16, while Mexico remains on only one point.
Earlier today, Messi’s teammate from French PSG, Kylian Mbappe, showed once again why many consider him one of the best footballers in the world, as he scored two goals to give France a 2-1 victory over Denmark in the second round of the World Cup group stage in Qatar. .
France, the defending champion, with two wins and six points is a sure participant in the round of 16, and Mbappe, with his third goal in the tournament, equaled the first place in the scorers’ list with Ecuador’s Enero Valencia.
The attacker of the tricolor, as they call the French national team, scored the first goal in the 61st minute, seven minutes later Adreas Kristensen from the Danish team equalized, but Mbappe set the final score in the 86th minute.
Saudi Arabia woke up from a dream earlier on Saturday – after a great victory over Argentina, the Asian team failed to make another surprise.
Poland defeated it in the second round of Group C (2-0), and Robert Lewandowski, the best player of this European selection, will remember this match for the rest of his life – he scored the first goal in his career at the World Championships.
Australia managed to get a narrow win over Tunisia, which kept them in the game for a place in the round of 16.
Lewandowski’s tears and Poland’s victory
Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski, who has scored more than 600 goals in his career so far, has never been a scorer for the national team at the World Cup, and in the draw with Mexico in the first round of the tournament in Qatar, he also missed a penalty.
That’s why he celebrated the goal he scored in the 82nd minute in tears, and a few minutes later he had a chance to score once again, but the Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al Owais stopped him from doing so.
Poland had two more heroes at the match – Piotr Zelinski, who gave the lead in the first half, as well as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who saved a penalty at the very end of that part of the game.
The Poles now have four points and top Group C, while Saudi Arabia remain on three points.
Argentina and Mexico will meet in the last match of the day at 20:00.
Australia remain in the game for the wicket
In the first match of the day, Australia scored one goal again, as in the first round of the tournament against France, but unlike that convincing defeat against the world champions, that goal this time was enough to overcome Tunisia.
The man of the decision was Mitchell Duke, who scored in the 23rd minute with a brilliant header, giving the Australians their first victory at this year’s World Cup.
With this victory, the “kangaroos”, as the Australian national team is nicknamed, restored the hope that they can make it to the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar, since in the last round, in a direct clash with Denmark, they will probably decide who will go to the playoffs.
Australia now have three points, as does France, who play their second round match against Denmark later today, while Tunisia failed to put together another good result after being held to a draw against Denmark.
The selection from Africa was offensive throughout the second half, but failed to break through the block of the disciplined Australians.
FIFA justifies the referee’s decision: Ronaldo is a “genius to force a penalty”
The referees received a lot of criticism after the World Cup match between Portugal and Ghana, which the European team won 3-2.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to become the first player to score at five different World Cups, but the way he did it didn’t sit well with Ghana coach Otto Ado.
The Portuguese first forced a penalty, then converted it into a goal, and Ado said that “it wasn’t a penalty”.
“The referee played a penalty, which was not a penalty – everyone saw it. Why? Because it’s Ronaldo or something else”, wondered Ado.
The World Football Organization (FIFA) says that the referee should not be blamed, but Ronaldo should be credited, who showed that he was a “total genius” to force a penalty.
“Maybe attackers are getting smarter? The penalty forced by Ronaldo – people can say what they want about him, but he smartly waited for that second, touched the ball, extended his leg and caused contact,” described Sunday Olise, a FIFA official and former Nigerian national team player.
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