Argentina advance to round of 16

Argentina advance to round of 16
Lionel Messi

The fact that Lionel Messi missed a first half penalty mattered little

Argentina advanced to the round of the 16 at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar with a 2-0 win over Poland in Group C action at the Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday night.

The fact that Lionel Messi missed a first half penalty mattered little as second half goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez secured the result for Lionel Scaloni’s side. 

Mac Allister scored a minute into the second half, connecting with Nahuel Molina’s delivery to beat Wojciech Szcensny in the Poland goal.


A patient buildup saw Enzo Fernandez unlock the Poland defense, playing the ball to Alvarez who smashed the ball into the top corner.

"We are satisfied with the match we played. It wasn't easy, it was a must-win match," Scaloni said.

"I think that we read the match very well, my players did a great job. They played very well and I'm very happy. Sometimes you're not happy, but today I am, “he added.

Poland also qualified on goal difference after Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1.