World Cup 2022: Messi saves Argentina – after 2-0 against Mexico, every chance

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Lionel Messi stood in front of the raging sky blue and white fan wall, he kissed his hands in the curve, savored the moment of great salute and shouted to his compatriots: « Vamos! ». With his second goal at the World Cup tournament in Qatar, the 35-year-old Argentine superstar led the way to 2-0 (0-0) in the tough and long Latin American summit against Mexico. After Messi’s 64th-minute lead, Enzo Fernández (87th) scored the decisive goal.

This will now lead to the ultimate showdown with world (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er Robert Lewandowski and his Poles next Wednesday. The Eastern Europeans around current Barca star have four points, Argentina and Saudi Arabia three, Mexico remain with one. The Poles had previously beaten the Saudis 2-0 and made the group exciting.

A day after Argentines collectively mourned the second anniversary of Diego Maradona’s death, Messi, his sporting heir, had to put things right. During the anthem, the Argentines went demonstratively close, Messi took another deep breath ahead of his 21st World Cup game – as many as Maradona has played once, including the World Cup-winning final in 1986 .

Messi also wants to reach the final in 2022. And there was already a final atmosphere in the sold-out and noisy Lusail Stadium with 88,966 spectators. Not just because it was all or nothing for Messi and his Argentines in the second group game. Tens of thousands of Argentine fans against tens of thousands of Mexicans also fueled the heated duel on the pitch, which was not a (Site notre bureau spécialisé) party for a long time.

World Cup 2022: Participants sorted by squad value

Qatar – team value: €14.9m

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Costa Rica – Team value: €18.75m

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Saudi Arabia – team value: €25.2m

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Australia – team value: €38.4m

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Iran – team value: €59.53m

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Tunisia – workforce value: €62.4m

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Ecuador – team value: €146.5m

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Japan – team value: €154m

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Cameroon – team value: €155m

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Wales – team value: €160.15m

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South Korea – Team value: €164.48m

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Mexico – team value: €176.1m

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Canada – Team value: €187.3m

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Ghana – Team value: €216.9m

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Senegal – team value: €228m

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Morocco – team value: €241.1m

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Poland – workforce size: €255.6m

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USA – team value: €277.4m

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Switzerland – team value: 281 million euros

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Denmark – team value: €353m

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Serbia – team value: €359.5m

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Croatia – team value: €377m

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Uruguay – team value: €449.7m

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Belgium – workforce value: €563.2m

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Netherlands – team value: €587.25m

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Argentina – team value. €645.2 million

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Spain – team value: €877m

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Germany – team value: €885.5m

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Portugal – Squad value: €937m

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France – team value: €1.03 billion

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Brazil – team value: €1.14 billion

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England – Squad value: €1.26 billion

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After less than five minutes, the first showdown: Triggered by an elbow check from Alexis Vega against Gonzalo Montiel, one of five new players Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni has put in the starting lineup four days after the embarrassing 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia. had – virtually all in the defensive zone. Safety first and up front should help Messi.

The 35-year-old man’s range of motion – initially manageable. On Tuesday, he inflicted a penalty for the Argentines, unbeaten in 36 games, with his seventh World Cup goal in the 10th minute. This time, the first scoring chance was long in coming despite the Argentines’ huge ball possession advantages. In the 25th minute, Messi briefly picked up the pace. Montiel’s later crossing was too imprecise.

A rather rare header from Messi minutes later clearly went over the goal, a free-kick shortly after Guillermo Ochoa crashed into the Qatari night sky.

With a bar of five, Mexico wanted to keep the Argentines away from their own goal. And they broke the game with constant duels, and like the Argentines, they didn’t take the rules so seriously. They succeeded with that, another chance thanks to Lautaro Martínez, that’s all the Argentines could do in the first 45 minutes. Coach Scaloni threatened to despair, gesticulating wildly on the sidelines again and again. It needed a front door to calm the nerves.

Mexico felt it, coach Gerardo Martino knew it, he is Argentinian and has coached the team since the summer of 2014 for two years. Prior to the match, he was whistled by South American fans for his involvement with the Mexicans. They then had to hold their breath just before the break: goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez was caught mid-air on a free-kick past the sky-blue and white wall of Mexican Vega.

The Argentinians conceded both goals against the Saudis within minutes, this time they were unscathed but again they didn’t act convincingly. And then a free kick, Messi was fouled, from behind and from the front. Ideal position: right half, 18 meters. Cries of ‘Messi, Messi’ echoed around the stadium, but the ball clearly went over the top. Messi leaned forward, supported himself with his hands. Still nothing. Resignation? Nope

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Messi dropped a bit more after the break. His strength, getting the ball, acting fast. Argentina’s game has become more dangerous. And once the Mexicans, who otherwise defended so consistently, gave Messi more space than they should have, that was enough.

A good 20 yards from goal, he took the ball, put it in front of him and hit the flat right corner to make it 1-0. Ochoa was helpless, Messi turned in jubilation and let himself be celebrated to the deafening cheers of the fans. Mexico tried everything again, Martino made an attacking change. However, a goal was no longer possible, but Fernandez struck.

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