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Lionel Messi and Argentina bounce back with win over Mexico : NPR

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi, centre, celebrates the end of the World Cup Group C soccer match between Argentina and Mexico, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Saturday. Argentina won 2-0.

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Lionel Messi and Argentina bounce back with win over Mexico : NPR

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, centre, celebrates the end of the World Cup Group C soccer match between Argentina and Mexico, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Saturday. Argentina won 2-0.

Moises Castillo/AP

LUSAIL, Qatar — Lionel Messi scored another crucial goal for Argentina in a 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday that sparked the team’s World Cup chances.

Messi took a touch from Angel Di Maria’s pass to the face in the box and fired a low shot from 25 yards (yards) into the bottom corner in the 64th minute.

He ran towards the Argentinian fans with outstretched arms before being mobbed by his jubilant teammates. He looked emotional as he grabbed and shook his jersey, then blew a kiss into the crowd.

Substitute Enzo Fernandez added a second goal in the 87th minute.

Argentina bounced back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their opener. The team sit second in Group C ahead of their final game against Poland on Wednesday.

Messi, 35, is probably playing his last World Cup, which is the only major title missing from his collection.

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