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Messi heroics keep Argentina’s World Cup hope alive

Lionel Messi’s 64th minute goal and Emzo Fernandez 87th strike was enough to keep Argentina’s hope of winning the world cup alive after they defeated Mexico in a fiercely contested match.

Argentina were under pressure coming into this game after losing their first match against Saudi Arabia.

Lionel Messi captained Argentina dominated proceedings from the first whistle but lacked cutting edge to open up a very well coordinated Mexico defence.

Needing to get a victory to boost their chances of qualifying to the knockout stage, Argentina became more aggressive in the second half and their pressure eventually paid off in the 64th minute through their talisman and captain, Lionel Messi.

Messi took one touch to control a pass with his left foot before drilling a ferocious finish past Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The Argentina captain then turned to a provider for Enzo Fernandez who added a second with a curling shot into the top corner three minutes from time.

Argentina will need to defeat Poland in their next match to qualify for the round of 16.

Reporting by Usman Sani; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu