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Messi scores to mark his 1000th professional game, Argentina beats Australia 2-1

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Argentina defeated Australia on Saturday,December 3,2022 without suffering an unexpected loss, securing their place in the Qatar World Cup quarterfinals, where Netherlands await.

Lionel Messi's neat strike shortly after the half-hour mark undid Australia's strong start, and in the second half, Julian Alvarez capitalized on a mistake by goalkeeper Mathew Ryan to increase Argentina's lead.
But a dramatic conclusion appeared certain as a Craig Goodwin effort was deflected beyond Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez by Enzo Fernandez.
Argentina missed multiple opportunities to take the victory, but their shot-stopper came to their rescue in the dying seconds to ensure their progression into the round of eight. It was a World Cup match too far for Australia's roster of unheralded footballers, who have defied expectations by making it to the knockout round just twice. Australia fell to eventual winner Italy in the round of 16 in 2006.

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