DOHA, Qatar — Relaxation straightforward, soccer followers. Lionel Messi will grace the World Cup stage no less than yet another time.
The Argentina nice had a penalty saved however his crew nonetheless beat Poland 2-0 Wednesday after second-half objectives from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez and superior to the final 16.
Argentina completed in first place in Group C to arrange a match in opposition to Australia, a shock qualifier for the knockout stage.
It is a sturdy place for Argentina to be in, particularly contemplating the crew opened the World Cup with a surprising 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in one in every of largest upsets within the event’s historical past. Messi’s probably last World Cup rolls onto Saturday.
He will probably be relieved after failing to attain a penalty for the second straight World Cup. It was awarded after being hit within the face by the flailing hand of Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who made amends by diving to his left to dam Messi’s kick.
Mac Allister transformed a cross from Nahuel Molina inside the primary minute of the second half and Alvarez — chosen forward of Lautaro Martinez — curled the second into the highest nook within the 67th minute.