In the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, after the group stage, the battle between the last 16 teams started. In the second match of the last 16 late on Sunday, Argentina defeated Australia to enter the quarter-finals. In the previous match, the Netherlands beat the US 3-1 to secure a place in the quarter-finals. Now on December 9, Argentina and Netherlands will battle it out for the semi-finals. In the second match of the last 16 played on Sunday, the magic of Argentina captain Lionel Messi was seen again. Argentina defeated Australia by a margin of 2-1 to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Messi's feat in the 1000th match:
The magic of football legend Lionel Messi is raising the eyebrows of the fans even in the FIFA World Cup 2022. This was the 1000th match of Messi's career against Australia. In he played a key role in his team's victory by scoring a goal. It was the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup that Messi won the knockout matches. He surpassed Maradona to become the second player with 9 goals for Argentina in the Messi World Cup. This year was his 14th goal in his international career. Now in his last World Cup, he will give his all to win the title for his team.
Here's how the match went:
Argentina team presented a tough challenge in the knockouts for the Australia team, which performed brilliantly in the group stage. The first goal of the match came off the boot of star player Lionel Messi. Messi scored in the first half of the match to give his team the lead. After this, in the 57th minute of the second half of the match, Argentina scored another goal on Australia's goalpost. This time the goal scorer was Alvarez. In this way, Argentina's lead became 2-0. After this, in the 77th minute, Australia's Enzo Fernandez opened his team's account by scoring a goal against Argentina. In the end, Australia got eliminated after losing 1-2 in this match.
Garang Kual misses to score:
The youngest player in terms of age in this World Cup, Garang Kual missed a chance to score in the last minute of the match. Australia had a great chance to score in the 97th minute of the match but wasted it. Let us tell you that Garang Kual is the youngest footballer after Pele to play the knockout match of the FIFA World Cup.