Lionel Messi has fascinated the Lusail Stadium crowds and his fans from across the world, putting Argentina ahead against Mexico with a goal in the 64th minute as La Albiceleste won the match 2-0 to keep their Last-16 hope alive in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: ARGENTINA VS MEXICO
Messi took a touch from Angel Di Maria’s pass across the face of the Mexico box and drove a grounded shot from 25 metres into the bottom corner in the 64th minute.
The 35-year-old striker ran towards the supporters with his arms stretched and was soon mobbed by his teammates. He whirled his arms in an emotional response to scoring his 93rd — and perhaps most crucial — international goal.
It is his second goal in the Qatar World Cup after scoring against Saudi Arabia in Argentina’s shocking 1-2 defeat.
Messi then came up with a crucial assist to set up Enzo Fernandez for Argentina’s second goal in the 87th minute.
Argentina is now second on Group C points table, trailing behind Poland.