Argentina defeated Australia 2-1 on Saturday as Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the World Cup in the knockout rounds. Argentina will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
It was Messi's 789th goal in a 1,000-game career that opened the scoring at Doha's Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in the first half.
When Julian Alvarez doubled Argentina's lead just before the hour mark by taking advantage of a goalkeeper error, it appeared as though Argentina would win easily.
However, an Australian team that had previously surpassed all expectations in Qatar by simply making it to the round of 16 Image - Skysports.com
Only a last-ditch challenge from Lisandro Martinez stopped Aziz Behich of Scotland's Dundee United from scoring a remarkable late equalizer after a Craig Goodwin shot deflected in off Enzo Fernandez for an own goal. Image credit - japantimes.co
"It was a really physical game but I am very happy with the victory and that we have taken another little step forward," Messi told Argentine television. ''