World Cup 2022 scores, results: Messi, Argentina eliminate Australia despite Socceroos’ late rally

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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