Argentina held off the Socceroos to earn a 2-1 victory despite a crazy ricochet that gave Australia a late goal. In what is probably his final appearance in the competition, Lionel Messi’s ambition of winning a World Cup title is kept alive thanks to this triumph.
Argentina increases lead to 2 goals over Australia
Thanks to a goal by Julián lvarez in the 57th minute, Argentina now has a two-goal advantage over the Socceroos. The goalkeeper from Australia, Matt Ryan, made a crucial error that the striker profited from. Ryan received a pass back from one of his defenders and needed one too many touches to manage it as Argentina applied pressure and the Australians were only attempting to move the ball out of their own half.
When lvarez pounced, he calmly rolled the ball into the open net after stealing it from his feet. Even though there is still plenty of time left in the game, Argentina appears to be in complete control.
Australia is back in the game with a goal
Forward As goalkeeper Emiliano Martnez watched, Craig Goodwin fired a long shot toward Argentina’s goal, which ricocheted off a defender and into the net. With Argentina ahead 2-1 in the 77th minute, the advantage is now smaller.
Goodwin’s foot appeared to be deflecting the effort wide, but the official scorer ultimately gave Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernández an own goal. He jumped up to block the shot but ended up deflecting it into his own goal. Argentina defeats Australia, 2-1