Argentina edges Australia to advance to World Cup quarterfinals

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Argentina successful streak was prolonged to a few matches on Saturday as Lionel Scaloni’s squad prevented a late scare from Australia to advance into the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.

Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez each celebrated objectives as Argentina held on for a 2-1 victory over the Socceroos. Argentina will subsequent face the Netherlands within the quarterfinals of the match on Friday.

After early Argentina possession, Messi referred to as his personal quantity for the opening aim of the match, drilling a low drive into the bottom-left nook of Mathew Ryan’s web. Australia cleared an Argentina free kick on the appropriate wing, however passing outdoors of the field ultimately led to Nicolas Otamendi’s fast one-touch move for Messi to finish.

It was Messi’s third aim of the match.

Argentina made Ryan pay within the 57th minute after the veteran goalkeeper did not clear his traces amidst strain. Alvarez picked possession from Ryan earlier than turning and slotting into the appropriate nook, giving Argentina a 2-0 benefit.

Craig Goodwin’s deflected effort off Enzo Fernández pulled a aim again for Australia within the 77th minute, however Argentina would hold on to ebook a final eight place. Lautaro Martinez was denied twice by Ryan in stoppage time whereas Australian teenager Garang Kuol’s last-gasp shot was claimed by Emiliano Martinez.

It should mark the primary Argentina-Netherlands knockout spherical matchup because the 2014 World Cup semifinals, a outcome the place the Albicelestes superior 4-2 on penalties.

Supply – sbisoccer.com

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