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Messi brilliance restores Argentina’s World Cup hopes with 2-0 Mexico win

The Group C win puts Argentina firmly back on track for a place in the last 16 following their shock-opening loss to Saudi Arabia.

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opening goal against Mexico. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR: Lionel Messi yet again produced a moment of magic with another crucial goal to help reignite Argentina’s World Cup campaign in a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Saturday.

Messi took a touch from Angel Di Maria’s pass across the face of the area and drove a low shot from 25 meters (yards) into the bottom corner in the 64th minute.
Rising star Enzo Fernandez curled home an 87th-minute strike to seal three points at Doha’s Lusail Stadium.

The 2-0 win certainly wasn’t pretty, with Argentina struggling to create many clear-cut chances against a stubborn Mexico team that itself also offered very little threat going forward.

The Group C win puts Argentina firmly back on track for a place in the last 16 following their shock-opening loss to Saudi Arabia.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni will also have wanted to see a much-improved performance in their last encounter against Poland as proof that the loss to Saudi Arabia was nothing more than a blip.

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