Argentina “came back alive” after a nightmarish start to the tournament! Argentina beat Mexico with Messi’s final goal for their first win in this tournament!


Last Updated on 11/27/2022 by てんしょく飯


On November 26, the Qatar World Cup held its second group league match, and Argentina, in Group C, faced off against Mexico and won 2-0 thanks to a goal by Lionel Messi (Paris SG). Argentina improved to 3 points (1 win, 1 loss) and moved up to 2nd place on goal difference.



Qatar World Cup C, Section 2: Argentina 2-0 Mexico

Argentina suffered a 1-2 reverse loss to Saudi Arabia in their first match on November 22. In the second match, Argentina lost to Saudi Arabia 1-2 in their first match on November 22, and the five starters were changed from the first match except Messi, FW Lautaro Martinez (Inter), FW Angel Di Maria (Juventus), MF Rodrigo de Paul (A. Madrid), DF Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa). Mexico also changed their starting lineup from the first match.


Mexico also drew 0-0 with Poland in their first match, and both sides need three points in the second match. Mexico was ready to foul Messi and De Paul whenever the ball came to them, and they did not give them any freedom. The game remained deadlocked, with play frequently stopped due to fouls. In the 45th minute of the first half, Mexico’s FW Alexis Vega (Guadalajara) attempted a direct FK, but the goalkeeper caught it. The first half ended scoreless with neither team having any chances.


Argentina, with Messi coming down from the front line to the midfield to set up the attack, increased their possession, but could not break down the Mexican defense. Six minutes into the second half, Messi tried to direct an FK he had won himself, but his left-footed kick sailed over the crossbar. Argentina had been struggling to find the decisive moment, but the ace’s strike turned the game on its head.


In the 19th minute of the second half, Messi received a pass from the right side of the box in the middle of the PA, took one trap, and flashed his left foot in the air. Messi scored on a penalty kick against Saudi Arabia in the first match, and then scored again in the 42nd minute from a short corner. In the 42nd minute, midfielder Enso Fernandez (Benfica) added a goal from a short corner to seal the victory.


With the 2-0 victory, Argentina improved to 3 points (1-0-1), surpassing Saudi Arabia on goal difference and moving up to second place, where they will face Poland, who leads the standings with 4 points (1-0-1), in the final match on January 30. On the other hand, Mexico, which had been in the top 16 for seven consecutive tournaments, dropped to the bottom of the group with one point, and its chances of making it through to the group stage for the eighth consecutive tournament came to a halt.