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Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0 in a crucial match at the FIFA World Cup on Saturday at the Lusail Stadium, with goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez. With this victory, Argentina’s World Cup campaign is officially underway .
Both teams started the game a little shaky, and at halftime it was still scoreless. After losing their initial game to Saudi Arabia by a score of 2-1, Argentina knew they needed to win their second game if they wanted to keep their campaign alive.
Despite the pressure, the Argentine team’s start was not what coach Lionel Scaloni had hoped for as they struggled to deal with Mexico’s aggressive press. Messi was stifled for a number of chances.
After the break, however, Messi and Fernandez scored to put Argentina ahead. Argentina is currently in second place with three points, one point behind the leaders Poland.
In their final group stage match, Messi and company will take on Poland. Saudi Arabia is currently in third place in Group C, tied with Argentina in terms of points but with a worse goal differential.
Scaloni has stressed the need of maintaining composure and looking ahead to the next game. When asked about the viral video of his assistant Pablo Aimar, who appeared to be on the verge of tears during the game, after the game, Coach Scaloni replied that some perspective is needed.
He said: “You have to have some common sense, it’s just a football match. I received a message from my brother saying he was crying and it can’t be like that. It’s as if it were more than a football match.”
He continued: “I don’t share that. The players must understand it’s a football match. If not, it will be like this in every match. It’s hard to make people understand that the sun will rise tomorrow, win or lose. What matters is how you do things.”