World Cup 2022 highlights: Messi sparks Argentina to 2-0 win over Mexico

Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez scored in the second half to save his country. 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina have hope alive on Saturday as they bounced back from a shock defeat against Saudi Arabia to beat Mexico 2-0 at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

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Here are the best performances.

Argentina vs. Mexico


Setting the scene

After losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Argentina need a win heading into Saturday’s match and are looking to avoid losing their opening two World Cup games for the first time in team history.

Mexico, on the other hand, will be aiming to bounce back from a scoreless draw with Poland earlier this week.

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Argentina fans send messages

Argentina’s hopes of giving Lionel Messi a World Cup win hinge on a win over a struggling Mexico side, and the blue-and-white-clad fans at Lusail Stadium know that.

Anthem with passion

5′: Early physicality

Both Mexico and Argentina have some early chances and are already turning up the intensity.

13′: Mexico are looking good and the fans are loud

El Tri had their chances early on and piled the pressure on Argentina ahead of perhaps the most electric setting of the 2022 World Cup so far.

16′: The refs don’t bite the Otamendi flop

Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi is trying to do everything to get the upper hand over Mexico.

22′: Yellow card against Mexico

28′: It’s Argentina’s turn for a major foul

Judges buy Marcos Acuna for breaking Kevin Alvarez.


BIG savings – what else is new? — Lionel Messi free kick by Memo Ochoa keeps it scoreless.

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi was punched away by Ochoa on the verge of scoring his first goal of the match.

Argentina's Lionel Messi was punched away by Ochoa on the verge of scoring his first goal of the match.

Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa punches over Lionel Messi after a close chance for Argentina.

42′: Guitérrez for Guardado

Key sub for Mexico at the end of the first half.

45′: Great save for Martinez!

Alexis Vega’s free-kick was saved by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez’s incredible full-time effort. El Tri off the board.

Argentina’s Emiliano Martínez makes an INCREDIBLE save

Argentina's Emiliano Martínez makes an INCREDIBLE save

Mexico’s Alexis Vega scores a great shot after winning a free-kick and Argentina’s Emiliano Martínez makes a great diving save.


Argentina need a goal and a win to stay alive in what is likely to be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup. The superstar delivered the first of those when his country needed him the most with a beautiful and perhaps legacy-inducing knock.

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored against Mexico in the 64th minute.

Argentina's Lionel Messi scored against Mexico in the 64th minute.

Watch Argentina’s Lionel Messi score against Mexico in the 64th minute of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

Fans reacted to Messi’s goal!

Messi kept Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive and drove his fans into a frenzy.


Argentina get a crucial insurance goal to move to +1 on goal differential at the 2022 World Cup, courtesy of Enzo Fernandez’s beautiful ball past Ochoa.

Argentina’s Enzo Fernández scored a goal against Mexico in 87.

Argentina's Enzo Fernández scored a goal against Mexico in 87.

Watch Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez score against Mexico in the 87th minute at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

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