Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez keep Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive in win over Mexico | Football

Messi on the score sheet again (Picture: Getty)

Argentina kept their World Cup hopes alive with a hard-fought 2-0 victory in their must-win group clash against Mexico.

Following their stunning 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opener, Lionel Scaloni’s side faced a humiliating early exit if they were to suffer another loss on Saturday night.

Lionel Messi was once again his country’s saviour, drilling home a low left-footed strike from the edge of the box in another stunning moment of individual brilliance on 64 minutes. Enzo Fernandez wrapped up the victory with a fine curling effort with just minutes left on the clock.

Messi’s goal saw him equal Diego Maradona’s record of eight World Cup goals with only Gabriel Batistuta (10) having scored more.

The job is not done yet, however. Argentina take on Poland in their final group game on Wednesday, who lead the group with four points following their 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia are level on points with Argentina thanks to their opening day victory. A win of any kind for Argentina against Poland will be enough to take them through to the last 16.

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