Argentina vs Poland: Lionel Messi said Argentina national football team came out stronger from the penalty he missed in their 2-0 win over Poland in a crunch Group C fixture at FIFA World Cup 2022.
The defending Copa America champions have progressed to the FIFA World Cup round-of-16 after emerging on top in Argentina vs Poland match.
Lionel Messi and co. came into Argentina vs Poland fixture sitting second in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group C with three points. Poland sat top of the table with four points, while Saudi Arabia and Mexico occupied the third and fourth positions, with three and one point respectively.
Hence, heading into Argentina vs Poland fixture, neither side’s place in the round of 16 of the Qatar FIFA World Cup was confirmed.
Argentina vs Poland: Lionel Messi Reacts After Argentina Seal FIFA World Cup Round-of-16 Qualification
Lionel Messi had the opportunity to send Argentina ahead in the first half when he himself won a penalty against Poland. But his attempt from the spot was well saved by Wojciech Szczesny to keep the scoreline of Argentina vs Poland fixture goalless.
However, Argentina would go on to score two goals in the second half to seal their victory and earn qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16. Alexis Mac Allister sent Argentina ahead in the 46th minute of the game, shortly after the match had restarted following the interval break.
Julian Alvarez then scored in the 67th minute of the match to establish a two-goal cushion for Argentina. The South American heavyweights then comfortably saw off this Argentina vs Poland FIFA World Cup 2022 fixture to qualify for the next round of the competition.
Speaking after the match, Lionel Messi said Argentina came out stronger from the penalty he missed. He revealed that Argentina were convinced they were going to win the game against Poland.
“Having missed the penalty, the team came out stronger from that,” Messi told TyC Sports. “The team was convinced that we were going to win, it was a matter of the first one coming in. Once we scored the goal, the game was going to be played the way we wanted.”
Meanwhile, Argentina and Lionel Messi will face Australia in the FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16. Australia qualified for the round of 16 after finishing second in Group D.