Argentina vs Mexico

Lionel Messi, Enzo Fernandez Keep Argentina’s World Cup Hopes Alive With 2-0 Win Over Mexico

Lionel Messi rescued Argentina from the brink of World Cup elimination, scoring the crucial opening goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico at Lusail Iconic Stadium to put the South American champions back on track to reach the last 16.

As reported by ESPN, Argentina were being frustrated by a stubborn, physical Mexico side until Messi produced a moment of magic, firing the ball low into the corner of the net from 20 yards in the 64th minute.

With the deadlock broken and space finally starting to open up, Enzo Fernandez curled in a brilliant first goal for his country in the 87th minute to ensure the vital three points.

After a stunning 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their opener on Tuesday, Argentina knew that another defeat against Mexico would see them eliminated from the competition while a draw would leave their hopes hanging by a thread.

But thanks to two moments of magic from Messi and Fernandez, one of the pre-tournament favorites will go into their final Group C match in second place, one point behind their next opponents Poland.

A win would be enough to guarantee their progress to the knockout stages, while a draw could be sufficient depending on the result of the other remaining game.

Mexico, who again offered precious little going forward, have just a single point from their first two games following an opening goalless draw with Poland. El Tri will need to beat Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to stand a chance of finishing in the top two.

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