Argentina dominate Australia and join the Netherlands in the quarter

Argentina qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup after their victory over Australia (2-1), this Saturday, December 3 at the Ahmed Ben Ali Stadium in Doha. The Albiceleste will play the Netherlands for a place in the semi-finals.

Memorable thousandth for Lionel Messi! Finally scorer in a World Cup match, the striker with 1,000 professional matches defeated Australia (2-1) on Saturday and guided Argentina to the quarters of the World Cup-2022, where the Albiceleste will challenge the Netherlands. Bas, victorious over the United States (3-1), Friday, December 9.

Goals and matches follow one another in Doha, but the world of football has taken the time to pay tribute to its most illustrious living legend, “King” Pelé (82), sick and hospitalized for several days, with the dissemination in Doha of numerous messages of support.

“Pray for the King,” tweeted French star Kylian Mbappé, while the words “Pelé, recover quickly” were displayed on the facades of several emblematic buildings in Qatar, such as the famous Aspire Tower, before the broadcast of a reassuring medical statement evoking a “stable” condition for Pelé.

A few kilometers away, at the Ahmed Ben Ali stadium, a small event happened: in his fifth World Cup, and for the thousandth game of his career, Messi finally scored during the knockout phase of a World Cup , that is, from the eighth!

789 goals in 1,000 games

This anomaly had not prevented him from reaching the final of the 2014 World Cup but the little Argentinian elf remedied it with style, opening the scoring with a low shot as he has scored so many in his long career (35th minute ). Or his 789th professional goal, club and selection combined!

It’s that the sevenfold Ballon d’Or has no more time to lose: at 35, the Argentine genius is “surely” playing his last World Cup, the last opportunity in his rich career to win the only trophy misses and would make him the equal of his compatriot Diego Maradona, crowned in 1986.

Incidentally, Messi notably joined Mbappé, his partner from Paris SG, at the top of the scorer rankings for the 2022 World Cup with three goals.

Julian Alvarez then doubled the bet (57th) but the Albiceleste could have avoided such a feverish end to the match after the reduction of the Australian score on an own goal from Enzo Fernandez (77th). All the Argentine people massed in the stands trembled, especially on a last burning attempt by the Australian Garang Kuol (90th + 7) saved by the goalkeeper.

Four years after falling in the round of 16 against France (4-3), future world champion, this success propels Argentina to the rest of the tournament, where it will meet the Netherlands next Friday: this is the first poster known to the quarters and it’s a revenge for the 2014 semi-final won on penalties by Messi and others (0-0 after, 4-2 on pens).

Argentinians and Dutch will now be able to take a breather for a few days before their quarter-final, scheduled for next Friday (8:00 p.m.) at the Lusail stadium, and watch the other favorites for final victory fight off until the end of the knockout stages on Tuesday.

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