Messi-inspired Argentina cruise past Mexico


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Lionel Messi scored and provided an assist as Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.

The Albiceleste had been held to a goalless draw in the first half of the game played at the Lusail Stadium.

The 35-year-old broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, curling a stunning strike past Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, from an Angel Di Maria assist.

Messi turned provider three minutes from regulation time, setting up substitute  Enzo Jeremias Fernandez, who dribbled past a Mexican defender before shooting into the top-right corner of the net.

The victory was sweet relief for Lionel Scaloni’s team, who fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in the opening Group C match on Tuesday, November 22.

The Saudis however lost their second game against Poland 2-0 earlier in the day, courtesy of Piotr Zieliński and Robert Lewandowski.

Poland currently lead the group with four points after 2 games, followed by Argentina with 3 points from two games.

Saudi Arabia, who also have 3 points, are third due to inferior goals.

Mexico are rooted to the bottom of the group on just 1 point.


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