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Mesi FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Mesi FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Argentina’s talismanic captain Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Australia during their Round of 16 match of the Qatar World Cup at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan yesterday. Photo: AFP

Lionel Messi produced a moment of trademark quality to score the opener in a 2-1 win over Australia and send Argentina into the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday.

Messi’s 789th goal in his 1,000th career appearance — but first in the knockout rounds of the World Cup — helped set up a last-eight clash with the unbeaten Netherlands on Friday.

Julian Alvarez scored the other in the 57th minute after some calamitous Australian defending, before Enzo Fernandez’s 77th-minute own goal set up an unexpectedly nervy finale.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Teams qualified for Round of 16 – France, Brazil make cut – get

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