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FIFA WC: Messi’s magic again, Argentina beat Australia, quarter…


Lionel Messi (number 10 jersey) and other Argentina players celebrate after the victory.
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Argentina sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Football World Cup by defeating Australia on Saturday (December 3) night. He won 2-1 in a hard-fought match. Now he will face the Netherlands team in the last-8. The Netherlands defeated the United States in the pre-quarterfinals. The quarter-final match between Argentina and Netherlands will be played on Friday (December 9).

Captain Lionel Messi and young star Julian Alvarez scored goals in this match for Argentina. Messi scored the first goal of the match in the 35th minute. This was his 1000th match at the senior level. He won the team by scoring a goal in his memorable match. He has 779 goals and 338 assists in his 1000 matches. Also in his fifth World Cup, he scored for the first time in a knockout match.
Goalkeeper Martinez saved Argentina in the end
Thanks to Messi’s goal, Argentina’s team was ahead 1-0 in the first half. Alvarez scored in his second half. He put the ball in the goalpost in the 57th minute. Australia’s luck was seen opening in the 77th minute of the match. When his player Craig Goodwin hit a shot, the ball hit Argentina’s Enzo Fernandes and went into the goalpost. In this way Fernandes scored a suicide goal. After this, Australia got a chance at the end of injury time, but Argentina goalkeeper Amy Martinez stopped it and gave the team the victory.
Argentina in the quarterfinals for the 10th time
Argentina’s team has reached the quarter-finals for the 10th time in World Cup history. So far, they have lost in the quarterfinals four times. He was defeated in the last-8 of 1966, 1998, 2006 and 2010. The team has reached the final every time after winning the quarter-finals. She has never lost in the semi-finals. Won two finals and lost three.
Messi’s team in the quarterfinals after eight years
Argentina last reached the quarter-finals in 2014. Then he defeated Belgium 1-0. Then in the semi-finals, the match against the Netherlands was tied 0–0 and won in the penalty shootout. Argentina were defeated by Germany in the final. Lionel Messi was the captain in that tournament. The Argentina team will once again face the Netherlands in the knockout match.
Netherlands beat USA
Earlier, the Netherlands defeated America 3–1 in the first pre-quarterfinal. The American team’s dream of reaching the last-8 after 2002 was shattered. Memphis Depay scored the first goal in the Netherlands match. He gave the team the lead in the 10th minute itself. He was followed by Daley Blind’s goal just before half time to put the team ahead 2–0. In the 76th minute, Haji Wright scored for the United States, but five minutes later, Denzel Dumfries increased the Netherlands lead to 3–1.

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Argentina sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Football World Cup by defeating Australia on Saturday (December 3) night. He won 2-1 in a hard-fought match. Now he will face the Netherlands team in the last-8. The Netherlands defeated the United States in the pre-quarterfinals. The quarter-final match between Argentina and Netherlands will be played on Friday (December 9).

Captain Lionel Messi and young star Julian Alvarez scored goals in this match for Argentina. Messi scored the first goal of the match in the 35th minute. This was his 1000th match at the senior level. He won the team by scoring a goal in his memorable match. He has 779 goals and 338 assists in his 1000 matches. Also in his fifth World Cup, he scored for the first time in a knockout match.

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