Messi as a trailblazer: Argentina defeats Mexico

After losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia, Argentina’s encounter with Mexico on Matchday 2 of Group C was already a final which the Albiceleste eventually won 2-0. The initial phase was characterized by racy duels and many fouls. The Argentines had more possession, the Mexicans were waiting for counterattacks. Two free kicks from Lionel Messi (34) from a tight angle and Alexis Vega (44) from around 20 meters posed the most danger in the first round.

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In the second half, there were just as few chances until the 64th minute: Ángel Di María found Lionel Messi with a cross pass, who hit the ball flat and precisely at the bottom right corner to take the lead. Even after the goal, Mexico remained passive and without a real goal. So it was Enzo Fernández who made it 2-0 with a fantastic shot into the corner (87th) after a short corner kick.

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