Argentina beat Australia 2-1 and sealed their qualification to the round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The “albiceleste” dominated the match for much of the game, but on the last play the Soccoreros were on the verge of drawing it, if it were not for the great intervention of ‘Dibu’ Martínez.
The “albiceleste” star, Lionel Messi, took advantage of a rebound in the Otamendi area to beat the Australian goal with an accurate left foot and position himself as one of the goalscorers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, with three goals.
In the second half, Julián Álvarez took advantage of a rude mistake by the Oceanic goalkeeper and scored the second goal for the Albiceleste at 57′. The Manchester City forward was replaced by Lautaro Martínez, who sought to rediscover the goal. However, the forward was again not with the fine aim.
Australia discounted with a goal from Craig Goodwin (77), who had the help of Enzo Fernández. In the last play of the game they were close to equalizing the score, but ‘Dibu’ Martínez became the hero and saved Garang Kuol’s shot.
Argentina became the second team to set foot in the quarterfinals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and already knows who their rival will be in the important match on Friday, December 9. He will have six days off to recover energy and be able to count on Ángel Di María, who was not against Australia in the round of 16 clash.
The Netherlands will be the opponent of Lionel Messi’s team in the quarterfinals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup after beating the United States 3-1.
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