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Qatar 2022: Messi stars as Australia bow out of World Cup

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 Qatar 2022 Messi stars as Australia bow out of World Cup
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Lionel Messi inspired Argentina into the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup as Australia bows out from the competition in a 2:1 lost.

Messi, after another superb display in his 1,000th game, he opened the scoring in the first half after Argentina had struggled to break down the resilient Australia, curling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner after starting the move with a sprint into the area.

An error by Australia keeper Mat Ryan presented Julian Alvarez with a simple chance to make it 2-0 after 57 minutes, seemingly to put Argentina out of reach.

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But a freakishly deflected goal gave the Australians hope late on, Craig Goodwin’s shot bouncing in off Enzo Fernandez. Aziz Behich’s weaving run into the box was ended by a great tackle by Lisandro Martinez, and in the 97th minute, Garang Kuol’s shot was saved at close range by Emi Martinez.

Argentina were good value for their win, but Australia left the tournament with heads held high.

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