The second game of the day included Lionel Messi, who was playing in his 1,000th career game, looking to put Argentina into the quarterfinals against a surprise Australia squad that finished second in Group D. Australia came to play, and even made things interesting with a late surge, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the underdog Socceroos lost 2-1.
Messi scored in the 35th minute, his first goal in the knockout-stage of a World Cup, to give Argentina the first-half lead off an assist from Nicolás Otamendi. The Albiceleste looked comfortable heading into half-time with the lead and opted for passing drills instead of pressing.
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