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Photos: Messi’s magic relieves Argentina against Mexico

Goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernández gave Argentina a 2-0 victory over Mexico in a vibrant atmosphere at the Lusail Stadium on Saturday and kicked off the South American team’s World Cup campaign.

Shocked 2-1 by Saudi Arabia in their opening Group C match, Argentina knew defeat would put them out of the tournament, but they started poorly, struggling to cope with high pressure from Mexico as Messi was denied time-out. and the space to operate.

The Argentina captain was anonymous in the first half, his only notable contribution being a header that went over the bar when his side failed to create a good chance.

Through Ángel Di María just outside the Mexico box in the 64th minute, however, Messi drove a low shot through a crowd of defenders towards the corner. Fernández followed in the 87th minute with a wonderful curling effort to secure the win.

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The victory moved Argentina to second place with three points, one point behind leaders Poland, whom they will play in their last group match.

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