Angel Di Maria has performed down his position in Lionel Messi’s essential aim for Argentina in opposition to Mexico on the 2022 World Cup.
- Argentina beat Mexico 2-0
- Messi scored opener
- Di Maria refuses to assert help
WHAT HAPPENED? Argentina picked up their first win of the Qatar event on Saturday by beating Mexico 2-0 in Group C. Di Maria rolled the ball throughout to Messi to interrupt the impasse with an effort from exterior the penalty space however has performed down his position within the opening aim.
WHAT THEY SAID: “I threw him a turd, however he at all times finds options to every thing,” The Juventus star mentioned after the sport. “What issues is that the ball received to him. We had spoken a minute earlier than [the goal]. He mentioned they have been dropping deep, slender, inside [the area] and so the area in entrance of them would seem, to attempt to give it to him there. I waited for that second to look and gave it to him. And he scored an incredible aim. I don’t have phrases any extra. I’ve had the prospect to play with the very best participant on this planet at membership stage, and for 14 years with the nationwide workforce, and for me Leo is every thing.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Argentina have been shocked 2-1 by Saudi Arabia of their opening World Cup recreation and had struggled to interrupt down Mexico till Messi lastly broke the impasse on 64 minutes. Messi’s aim paved the best way for Lionel Scaloni’s facet to go on to win 2-0 and clinch a significant victory that retains their hopes of qualification to the final 16 alive.
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DID YOU KNOW? Messi has now scored as many World Cup targets as Diego Maradona (8), with solely Gabriel Batistuta (10) netting extra for Argentina on the event total. Certainly, since 1966, solely Rivellino (5) has scored extra World Cup targets from exterior the field than Messi (4).
WHAT NEXT FOR ARGENTINA? La Albiceleste tackle Poland on Wednesday and can qualify for the knockout levels with a win.