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Argentina advances in the World Cup despite Messi’s missed penalty

Argentina advances in the World Cup despite Messi’s missed penalty

Argentina advances in the World Cup despite Messi’s missed penalty

Argentina advances in the World Cup despite Messi’s missed penalty

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  • Argentina has advanced to the World Cup’s round of 16
  • Brazil lost against Argentina 2-0
  • Poland also advanced to the Round of 16
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Argentina defeated Poland 2-0 on Wednesday to win Group C and move to the round of 16. Lionel Messi had a penalty saved, but Argentina nonetheless advanced to the round of 16.

Poland proceeded as runners-up as well, but only on the strength of goal differential because Mexico defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the other group match.

After a tense first half, Alexis Mac Allister’s goal in the 46th minute calmed Argentina’s jitters. Julian Alvarez then doubled Argentina’s lead just over 20 minutes later.

Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in their previous game, according to Messi, had given them “serenity,” and he was looking forward to their matchup with Australia in the round of 16.

Messi stated, “We entered the game believing we had to win.

“The game against Australia will be challenging since anyone can win. It’s quite even; as always, we must make the finest preparations for the game.

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Wojciech Szczesny saved his second penalty of the tournament in the opening 45 minutes, but Argentina was unable to get past the Polish goalie.

Messi was deemed to have been fouled by Szczesny while reaching for a cross, but he dove to his left to block the next penalty attempt.

Messi had missed his 31st penalty attempt in his career.

I’m upset that I missed that penalty, but the team recovered well from my error, he remarked.

“We were aware that the game would shift once the first goal was scored.”

Poland, who will now play France in the round of 16, provided nothing in the way of offensive threat, with star striker Robert Lewandowski remaining largely unnoticed.

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Instead, Szczesny took centre stage for the Poles, stopping Messi twice in the opening minutes.

Before unleashing a shot that soared directly at the goalkeeper, Messi first managed to escape from a group of defenders.

When he did, Szczesny was forced to make a save at his close post after finding room to charge into the Polish box from the left.

In the first half, Argentina continued to have the better chances, and Marcos Acuna missed a shot after Alvarez had also come near to scoring.

Szczesny had to make a quick stop to prevent Angel di Maria from scoring directly from a corner, and he then had to make another quick stop to stop Alvarez.

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In the 39th minute, Szczesny outdid himself by diving to his left to block Messi’s penalty.

Before the halftime horn sounded, he still had work to do, blocking a shot from Alvarez and then saved Rodrigo de Paul’s follow-up.

Less than a minute after the break, Mac Allister broke the tie, leaving him helpless.

When Mac Allister cut the ball back for him, Nahuel Molina sprinted down the right and drilled the ball just out of Szczesny’s reach.

Soon after the score, Poland finally displayed some forward zeal, as Kamil Glik narrowly missed a free-kick practically immediately.

After a good combination with Enzo Fernandez, Alvarez scored Argentina’s second goal as they pressed for more.

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First-time starter Fernandez of Argentina found his teammate, who evaded a defender and sent the ball past Szczesny.

According to Mac Allister, “We were wanting to score the entire time and I think we’re back to being the team we used to be.”

“We had better ball control, maintained composure, and avoided panicking. We excelled in the game.

With yellow cards possibly critical to their prospects of making it to the round of 16, Poland was still on a razor’s edge.

Despite Grzegorz Krychowiak receiving a booking in the 83rd minute, Saudi Arabia’s late goal against Mexico gave the Poles a victory on goal differential.

Lewandowski remarked, “I anticipated it would be like this. It was not a match for a striker.”

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Given the opportunities we have, I would say that the Poland team’s performance was successful.

“No one will recall the details of this game; we will only be preparing for France.”

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