Lionel Messi

Argentina’s World Cup quarterfinals are reached with Lionel Messi scoring in his 1000th career match

Lionel Messi scored in the 1,000th match of his legendary career, as Argentina defeated Australia 2-1 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals.

Messi, who was captaining his national team for the 100th consecutive time, ignited the last-16 match halfway through the first period. He then curls home sweetly after some nice build-up play, his 789th career goal.

Julian Alvarez took advantage of some poor goalkeeping by Australia’s Mat Ryan to score his second goal and increase Argentina’s lead.

Argentina held on just as proceedings looked certain to end in their favor. Craig Goodwin’s deflected goal from outside the box was placed in the bottom corner.

Aziz Behich seemed to be poised to score an unlikely equalizer, but Lisandro Martinez’s last-ditch tackle stopped the Australian defender from scoring.

After beating the US Men’s National Team 3-1 on Saturday, the Dutch defeated Argentina 3-1 on Saturday. Argentina now faces the Netherlands in Friday’s quarterfinals.

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Messi’s quest for the elusive World Cup title was rocky in Qatar 2022. Argentina was stunned by Saudi Arabia in the first group game, and La Albiceleste barely managed to trouble Australia in half an hour.

Many soccer pundits have commented on how Messi walks in matches these days. But that was not the case when Behich, 35, closed down Behich while he tried to clear the ball.

Messi and Behich had a little bit of a shoving match. That small act of passion was enough for the Argentine fans to be up and singing again at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

After a smooth Argentina move, Messi’s beautiful left-footed effort passed Ryan, the Australian keeper.

This was Messi’s ninth World Cup goal, surpassing Diego Maradona (eight) and Guillermo Stabile (eight). With 10, Gabriel Batistuta is the only one who has more for Argentina than Messi.

It was the highlight in an uneven first half. Australia looked organized and was never in awe by Argentina.

Argentina started to style after the break. However, La Albiceleste’s second goal was a result of hard work and press.

Ryan tried to control a backpass but was unable to do so. Ryan took a hard touch to avoid Rodrigo De Paul.

Ryan was unfortunate because Alvarez joined the press and took advantage of the Australian goalkeeper’s mistake to tap home his second goal in two games.

More Messi magic! The 35-year-old bounced and jinked past several Australian players to the delight of thousands of Argentina fans.

Argentina was still in cruise control. However, with less than 15 minutes remaining, an Australian strike by Goodwin appeared to be heading away from Argentina’s goal. It struck Emiliano Martinez and flew past Emiliano Martnez.

Australia was pushing for a second goal. Argentina had the chance to catch the Socceroos during the break. Lautaro Martinez missed numerous chances to win the game.

Behich nearly scored one of the goals in the tournament when he weaved between several Argentina players before Martinez’s flying tackle stopped the Australian.

Australia came close once more, with teenager Garang Kuol making his third appearance for the Socceroos. His close-range shot was blocked by Martinez, Argentina’s goalkeeper.

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