After 63 minutes of dreadful soccer, Messi emerged from a crowded midfield to lift his nation out of impending despair.
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi came up with another crucial goal for Argentina in a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday that ignited the team’s World Cup chances. 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. He ran toward Argentina’s fans with his arms outstretched arms before getting mobbed by his jubilant teammates. He looked emotional as he grabbed and shook his jersey, then blew
Wednesday's victory was one of the most surprising results from the first round of group-stage games, with Japan upsetting the four-time World Cup winners 2-1. While Moriyasu repeated his view that the match was an "historic victory" for Japan, he insisted now was not the time for reminiscing.