Argentina vs. Australia – Football Match Report – December 3, 2022

Lionel Messi led Argentina’s rush to the World Cup quarter-finals after helping in a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.

In his 1,000th In his career game, Messi scored the opening goal with a stunning display before Julian Alvarez struck in the second half to set up a quarter-final draw with the Netherlands and knocked Australia out of the tournament as the Socceroos failed to build on an accidental late goal.

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Despite Argentina’s firepower, Australia managed to confine the early proceedings to be uneventful as neither side exercised any form of dominance.

But the Socceroos’ defense was shattered in the 35th minute as Messi showed his undeniable quality and scored his first goal of the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker started the move with a quick run in from the right wing – a quick exchange of passes landed him in the box before unleashing a left-footed curl shot past Mat Ryan.

12 minutes after half-time, Argentina’s quarter-final position was solidifying when Rodrigo De Paul struck after a feeble touch from Australian goalkeeper Ryan and Alvarez smashed into an empty goal, doubling his side’s lead.

A treble for Australia in the 72nd minute meant a desperate final throw from coach Graham Arnold and they received a lifeline when an Enzo Fernandez own goal halved their deficit with 13 minutes to go.

Craig Goodwin grabbed a loose ball outside the box and hit a fierce try on the first try that took a huge deflection from Fernandez, fooling goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and hitting the back of the net.

With renewed optimism, Aziz Behich almost equalized three minutes later when he launched a fantastic run and defeated four Argentinian defenders before finally being stopped by Lisandro Martinez in the box.

Despite her desire, Australia failed to make a comeback and her impressive World Cup run came to an end.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=633836 Argentina vs. Australia – Football Match Report – December 3, 2022

Emma Bowman

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