Lionel Messi Saves Argentina From Elimination
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ESPN - Lionel Messi has just rescued Argentina from the brink of World Cup elimination by scoring the crucial opening goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico to put the South American champions back on track to reach the last 16. After their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia earlier this week, Argentina knew that a defeat against Mexico would see them eliminated while a draw would leave their hopes hanging by a thread. "It was a complicated game to lift ourselves up for, because Mexico played really well," Messi told Argentine TV. "In the first half, we played with intensity, and in the second half, we calmed down a bit and we came back to ourselves...we knew that today we had to win, that another World Cup started for us and we knew what to do. We cannot let our guard down now. We have all finals left to play; we cannot err. We knew that the response from our fans would be like this and I think we complied. We have been all hand in hand together for a long time."
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