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Argentina vs Australia, FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights: ARG beat AUS 2-1, Messi and Alvarez score

Argentina vs Australia, World Cup 2022 Highlights : Argentina beat Australia 2-1 in the round of 16 to set up quarter final vs Netherlands.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: December 4, 2022 03:09 IST
Argentina vs Australia Highlights: ARG beat AUS 2-1. (AP photo)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Argentina vs Australia Highlights: In his 1000th career appearance, Lionel Messi had his best match of the World Cup so far as Argentina took down Australia 2-1 to book their place in the quarterfinal against the Netherlands next week.

Despite having a two-goal lead, however, the final moments of the game were far nervier than Argentina would have anticipated. Messi’s moment of brilliance came in the 35th minute, after the first third of the game was managed well by Australia.

Lineups: Argentina: E Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna, De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Gomez, Messi, Alvarez; Australia: Ryan, Degenek, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Leckie, Mooy, Irvine, Baccus, McGree, Duke;

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03:02 (IST)04 Dec 2022
ARG vs AUS: How it happened

In his 1000th career appearance, Lionel Messi had his best match of the World Cup so far as Argentina took down Australia 2-1 to book their place in the quarterfinal against the Netherlands next week. Despite having a two-goal lead, however, the final moments of the game were far nervier than Argentina would have anticipated.

Messi’s moment of brilliance came in the 35th minute, after the first third of the game was managed well by Australia. By far the inferior side in terms of talent, the Socceroos did well to curb Argentina’s attacks, letting them continue to dominate possession but slowing down the tempo, leaving little space in between the lines for chance creation. And then the moment came after a flash point. [Read more]

02:59 (IST)04 Dec 2022
The celebrations for La Albiceleste!
02:56 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Best individual display at this World Cup?

Did Lionel Messi just put up the best individual performance at this World Cup? Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand certainly thinks so.

"Messi has just put on the best individual display we have seen at this World Cup... by a mile," Ferdinand said on BBC post match.

02:52 (IST)04 Dec 2022
I hope we made everyone proud’: an emotional Jack Irvine hurting after this loss

The Socceroos' Jackson Irvine spoke to SBS after the game.

Q. You guys gave it a hell of a shake out there?

Irvine: "Yeah, we gave it everything. Just like we have every minute of this competition. So proud of all the players and the staff. Yeah, just not enough on the day."

Q. You were within a kick of taking that to extra time. How do you feel about the performance on the whole, you went toe to toe with the world number three?

Irvine: "I think we did everything we could. We stood up to be compact and disciplined in our shape. We were excellent defensively we gave up very little until obviously the end. You have to have a go with the last 15 minutes. I think we did everything we could to give ourselves a chance in the game. When Argentina are celebrating like this, a victory against Australia, I think it shows what kind of opposition we gave them today."

Q. This team of yours has captured the heart of the nation, how do you feel being part of a team that’s helping Australian football back on the map?

Irvine: "It’s difficult to comprehend everything at the moment. It’s all quite raw but yeah, I hope we made everyone proud."

02:34 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Argentina players couldn't thank their number one enough!
02:28 (IST)04 Dec 2022

And the referee brings the game to an end, finally. Argentina survive a late scare after Australia put one back in, after La Albiceleste couldn't convert a barrage of chances at the other end, after Martinez made a one-v-one BIG save, they survive. Two goals from Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez do the job for them. Australia can be proud of that turnaround after going two goals down. Lionel Messi and Argentina march into the quarterfinals, against Netherlands.


02:24 (IST)04 Dec 2022
90+3': Martinez again!

Messi with the ball rushes towards the Australian goal and sets Martinez on the left, who this time takes the shot with his left foot, only to be blocked by Matt Ryan.


02:22 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Added time!

The fourth official indicates seven minutes of added time. Can the Socceroos take this to extra time, or do something even more unthinkable? They sure have the time to.


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02:19 (IST)04 Dec 2022
88': Martinez blasts it over

Lionel Messi rushes towards the Argentina goal, cuts in, gets past his two markers and lays the ball off for Martinez on the left right in front of the Matt Ryan, with the goal gaping, but the Inter forward blasts it over the far post. The Argentina captain holds his knees to take a breather, wondering how that went by the way it did. A sensational move, a sensational miss.


02:17 (IST)04 Dec 2022
84': Another Australia move!

Mooy whacks a cross into the penalty area from deep in midfield looking for Maclaren but Emiliano Martinez anticipates the move and meets the ball at the edge of his box.


02:15 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Argentina fans, in case anyone missed that view!






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02:13 (IST)04 Dec 2022
80': WHAT A RUN!

Aziz Behich, Australia's left back makes a sensational run into the Argentina box, beating three Argentina shirts on his way (leaving Otamendi completely clueless) but just as he is one on one against Emi Martinez in the six yard box, about to pull the trigger, Lisandro Martinez makes a diving block. Bit of a redemption for the Man United centre half of whose face the ball deflected and went into the Argentina goal for Australia's first goal.

02:07 (IST)04 Dec 2022
77': GOAL!

Australia put one back!

Luck favors the Socceroos as the move originates from the left, an early cross is headed away only to fall into the path of Craig Goodwin, whose volley is deflected off Lisandro Martinez's face into the Argentina goal. Game on!


02:03 (IST)04 Dec 2022
72': Australia make three changes

Jamie Maclaren, Fran Karcic and Garang Kuol replace Milos Degenek, Mitchell Duke and Mathew Leckie. The Socceroos need to put one back in sooner rather than later.


02:01 (IST)04 Dec 2022
71': Argentina make another change

Julián Álvarez, scorer of Argentina's second on the night, comes off to a rousing reception from the largely Argentina fans occupied Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. Lautaro Martínez comes on.


01:59 (IST)04 Dec 2022
70': Alvarez stat time!
01:58 (IST)04 Dec 2022
67': Souttar heads away the danger

De Paul plays the corner short to Messi, who returns the ball to the Atletico Madrid midfielder as he cuts inside. He sweeps a flat cross into the penalty area but again Souttar is in the right spot to head away the delivery.


01:56 (IST)04 Dec 2022

The chants grow louder as the Argentina fans are treated with another one of those sublime runs from their captain. Gets into the Australian box with two of the Socceroos defenders backpedalling. Just as he reaches the six yard box, the Argentina skipper is unable to get that final shot. A moment of pure scare for the men in yellow and green, a moment of pure joy for La Albiceleste.


01:53 (IST)04 Dec 2022
59': Australia sub

Goodwin is also sent on, with McGree making way.


01:48 (IST)04 Dec 2022

Matt Ryan is unable to clear/distribute a back pass in time and Julian Alvarez steals the ball off him and puts it into the Australian goal.

A horrible, hprrible moment for the Australia GK, who was closed down supremely quick by Rodrigo de Paul and Alvarez and he's unable to deal with the pressing pressure. Argentina fans sing louder and more comfortable with that two goal cushion.


FIFA World Cup: As Australia face Argentina in last 16, Socceroos hope Maradona’s prophecy comes true

Socceroos fans celebrate a goal scored by Australia as they watch Australia play Denmark in the FIFA World Cup, at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. (AP)

“Your tears of sadness today will be tears of joy sometime soon.”

Those were the words of former Argentina captain Diego Maradona in November 1993, on an Argentinean TV show, speaking to his Australian counterpart, Paul Wade a day after their game. Argentina had managed to win the two-legged World Cup qualifier tie 2-1 courtesy of an own goal from Alex Tobin in Buenos Aires after a 1-1 tie in Sydney. The defeat denied Australia a ticket to their second World Cup and just hours later captain Wade and assistant coach Raul Blanco were invited on a local TV show, as he recalled with the Sydney Morning Herald recently.

Everyone in the studio, who were used to watching their best football stars lead lavish lifestyles, had been taken aback when the Socceroos captain would share that earned only $5000 a season. Which is when the call came from the biggest footballer of that era, and arguably of all time. (READ MORE)

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First published on: 03-12-2022 at 22:00 IST
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