Lionel Messi And Enzo Fernandez helped Argentina to overcome a resilient Mexican team in their Group C encounter in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar to go level with Poland.
Second half goals from PSG forward Lionel Messi And Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old Benfica midfielder, helped the Argentine team to beat Mexico in their second group game in Qatar.
And with that, Argentina is back in contention for the 2022 FIFA World Cup trophy. The Albiceleste defeated Mexico 2-0 thanks to two spectacular goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez, giving them a chance to advance to the Round of 16.
Argentina’s World Cup campaign was on the verge of failing after a shocking loss to Saudi Arabia, but Messi’s goal against a strongly determined Mexico team in the 64th minute saved them.
When Argentina most needed him, Lionel Messi showed up, and his team’s return to reckoning was due to his goal.
Mexico played well, but they didn’t have the striker to take advantage of all the opportunities they created in the game. No “Chicharito,” no celebration.
Argentina won 2-0 over Mexico to maintain their World Cup aspirations. In a tense match, Lionel Messi scored the winning goal before Enzo Fernandez added the second to grab three crucial points.
Argentina now has full control over their fate in the knockout round; if they defeat Poland in their final group match, they will advance to the round of 16.
If Argentina had lost, they would have been eliminated from the competition, and if they had drawn, they would have had to defeat Poland by three goals to advance to the next round.
Fortunately, the victory over Mexico put their fate squarely in their own hands and allows them to overtake Saudi Arabia into second place on goal differential.
They will advance to the knockout round with any kind of victory over Poland.
In the 64th minute of the game between Argentina and Mexico, Lionel Messi scored. He received a straightforward pass in the middle of the field, just outside the penalty area, and no one closed him down.
He then shoots with his left foot, beating Memo Ochoa low inside the right corner.
What a goal by Enzo Fernández in the 87th minute, as he curled a shot from the left side into the upper right corner.
That strike was a deal-breaker for Mexico, both in this match and in terms of goal differential.
To have a chance of moving on, Mexico must defeat Saudi Arabia in the group finale by a significant margin.
Before the final day, here are the scenarios for these two teams:
If Argentina defeat Poland and Saudi Arabia fail to defeat Mexico by a larger margin, Argentina will be declared the group winners.
Mexico would advance as group runners-up if they defeat Saudi Arabia by two goals or less and drew with Poland.
Argentina might be eliminated from the World Cup if they lose to Poland and Mexico beat Saudi Arabia in the last group games.