Argentina players applauded their win at the gates of the quarterfinals of the World Cup as they pushed Lionel Messi to the center of the huddle after the match. Lionel Messi led Argentina to a win of 2-1 on Saturday in the knockout level over Australia with just a single goal leaving a mark of his 1000th game in his career which is an era-defining. However, this win was not anticipated by Argentina over the unheralded Australians.
Argentina Had To Fight Hard For The Win
The Latin American powerhouse was grateful to both its goalkeeper and the magic boots No.10 at the final blow of the whistle. An amazing save by Emi Martinez in the final seconds of the most awaited match saved the need for some extra time and the possibility of another World Cup shock.
As said by Messi, this is the World Cup. He says all matches are strenuous but what matters is the win. Jackson Irvine, the Australian striker got teary while stating that they gave it their everything but they somehow fell short.
Messi, famous for his left foot did not fail to put his team forward in the 35th minute with his goal number 3 at the present year’s tournament and a total of ninth at the World Cup which is just a single extra than Diego Maradona.
The quarterfinal match will take place between the Netherlands and Argentina. The venue decided is Lusail Stadium with a capacity of 89000 seats. Both teams had a last meet at the 2014 World Cup with Argentina in the semifinals declared as the winner of a penalty shootout. Messi aims to win over Gabriel Batistuta with a record of 10 who is just one goal less at the World Cup for Argentina.