After a crushing opening defeat in the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi’s dream of hoisting a World Cup trophy remains a possibility with Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico.
Argentina returned to the Lusail Stadium on Saturday with their 2022 World Cup campaign hinging on a victory against Mexico. Both teams last met in September 2019 during a friendly fixture, with Argentina easily coming out as the winners with a 4-0 win. But after their shock defeat on Tuesday, many questioned their chances against Mexico, which ranks 13th, after losing to Saudi Arabia, which ranks 51st in the world.
The first half ended with both teams picking up yellow cards but being unable to secure a goal. Argentina held 68% of the possession for the first 45 minutes but found themselves on the defensive as Mexico pressed for a goal. Mexico entered the second half without their captain, Andrés Guardado, who was substituted in the last five minutes of the first half, and found themselves facing a more offensive Argentina.
Argentine captain Lionel Messi finally delivered for his team in the 64th minute, scoring his 8th World Cup goal and his second in this year’s tournament. In the 87th minute, 21-year-old Enzo Fernandez put an end to any hopes Mexico had of ending the game in a draw with a potential first goal and scored his first World Cup goal.
Mexico has now been pushed to the bottom of Group C, with Argentina taking the number two ranking from Saudi Arabia. The Argentines will face Poland, which ranks first, on Wednesday.
Watch the match highlights below.