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Messi keeps Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive thanks to a stunning strike

Lionel Messi opened the scoring against Mexico with a stunning goal from distance as Argentina secured a 2-0 win.

Sublime goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez gave Argentina a 2-0 victory over stubborn Mexico on Saturday in a thrilling atmosphere at the Lusail Stadium.

The result revitalizes the South American side’s World Cup campaign after they suffered a stunning defeat in their Group C opener against Saudi Arabia.

Argentina knew defeat would send them out of the tournament, but they started poorly and struggled to cope with Mexico’s high press as Messi was not given time and space to operate.

Messi was anonymous in the first half, but he broke the deadlock in the 64th minute by firing a low shot through a crowd of defenders into the corner. The Argentine fans who made up the majority of this nearly 90,000-strong crowd erupted.

Enzo Fernandez sealed the victory in the 87th minute with a beautiful arc attack. From an Argentina corner won on the left, Fernandez was able to slalom himself into the top left corner of the box – before unleashing a quality shot that curled into the top right corner of the goal.

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