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Lionel Messi and Argentina advance at the World Cup : NPR

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi smiles throughout the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Argentina in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday.

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi smiles throughout the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Argentina in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday.

Ariel Schalit/AP

DOHA, Qatar — Rest straightforward, soccer followers. Lionel Messi will grace the World Cup stage at least yet another time.

The Argentina nice had a penalty saved however his workforce nonetheless beat Poland 2-0 Wednesday after second-half targets from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez and superior to the final 16.

Argentina completed in first place in Group C to arrange a match in opposition to Australia, a shock qualifier for the knockout stage.

It’s a robust place for Argentina to be in, particularly contemplating the workforce opened the World Cup with a stunning 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in one among greatest upsets in the event’s historical past. Messi’s probably ultimate World Cup rolls onto Saturday.

He can be relieved after failing to attain a penalty for the second straight World Cup. It was awarded after being hit in the face by the flailing hand of Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who made amends by diving to his left to dam Messi’s kick.

Mac Allister transformed a cross from Nahuel Molina inside the first minute of the second half and Alvarez — chosen forward of Lautaro Martinez — curled the second into the prime nook in the 67th minute.

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