Nothing this precious ever came easy. Two parts ecstasy to one part agony, Argentina qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. They secured a two-goal lead through Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez, played some of their most unfettered and spellbinding football of the tournament and peppered the Australian goal with shots during a gripping second half.
And yet, did you expect Australia to sit down and accept their fate? This Australia, with its SPFL stalwarts, its honest journeymen, its plethora of guys with surnames as first names? Australia took the hard road to Qatar and they took the hard road out of it, outgunned but never outrun, even burgling a late consolation goal and threatening a staggering shock.
Written by Jonathan Liew at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/dec/03/argentina-australia-world-cup-last-16-match-report under the title “Lionel Messi guides Argentina to victory over Australia despite late scare”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.