With goals from Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez, the Argentine team prevailed with authority against the Australian team 2-1.
Match for the round of 2022 of the World Cup in Qatar XNUMX. The albiceleste left out the oceanic team who tried to overcome a tough rival.
This was the thousandth match for world soccer star Lionel Messi, who was in charge of opening the scoring in the 35th minute of the first half.
In addition, La Pulga scored his first goal in a knockout phase of a World Cup.
In a dizzying game those led by Lionel Scaloni took advantage of their offense and closed ranks against the Australian team.
Australia held on well standing on the pitch hoping for a chance to find a gap and look for a surprise attack.
With the passing of the minutes, the oceanic did not stop generating danger in the South American area.
With the advantage on the scoreboard, Messi's men dominated the match trying to maintain control of the ball.
While Australia did not stop trying to move its lines more easily to generate actions on the Dibu Martínez premises.
In the actions of the second half, Argentina came out the same as in the first half. Scaloni removed Papu Gómez to put in Lisandro Martínez and go on to play with three centrals.
For his part, Messi already warned that he wanted the second goal and had the first goal of the second half, but he slipped when he fired a shot from the front.
Meanwhile, Australia was looking for a tie, until Ryan gave what seemed like the sentence to the albiceleste.
The Australian goalkeeper in a blunder released the ball at his feet, so that De Paul hooked and gave the ball to Julián Álvarez, who did not miss to make it 2-0.
Australia seemed not to recover from the second goal, but when it seemed that the game had a fixed sentence, the team led by Graham Arnold scored the first goal.
Goodwin shot from midrange, the ball hit Enzo Fernández who deceived 'Dibu' Martínez to close the gap in the 76th minute.
Messi kept trying for the third goal but time passed and he couldn't finish conceding an action to score.
With this score Australia says goodbye to Qatar 2022 while Argentina already has a pass to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.