Argentina still lives
Big first for Lionel Messi. The Argentine genius finally scored in the World Cup knockout phase and his selection, Argentina, beat Australia 2 goals to 1 on Saturday December 3 in Doha, in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
The Albiceleste elf, with a placed shot (35th), then Julian Alvarez after a blunder by Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan (57th), allowed Argentina to dispose of the Australian Socceroos, who nevertheless reduced the gap thanks to an own goal from Enzo Fernandez (77th).
By the way, “Leo” Messi notably joins Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, his partner from Paris Saint-Germain, at the top of the 2022 World Cup scorer rankings with three goals.
The Netherlands faithful to the meeting
Earlier in the day, the Netherlands overcame valiant Americans. With a Memphis Depay finally scoring and a decisive Denzel Dumfries on his right wing, the Batavians gave up the American safe three times (3 goals to 1) and won their ticket for the quarter-finals on Saturday in Doha.
The United States dreamed of a feat within the framework of their operation to promote the soccer for the 2026 World Cup, which they will co-organize with Mexico and Canada. But the American dream only lasted five minutes, when the team USA came back to 2-1 in the final quarter of an hour before Denzel Dumfries burst in to breathe life into the Oranje fans and their coach.
The poster between Argentina and the Netherlands will be superb Friday, December 9 in the setting of the Lusail stadium. On this occasion, the selection of the late Diego Maradona will remember his first World Cup won at home, in 1978, beating the Dutch in the final.