Lisandro Martinez helps Argentina advance to 2022 World Cup QFs with win v Australia

Argentina had been frustrated for large parts of the opening 30 minutes but Lionel Messi’s opener shortly after the half-hour mark, with the first shot on target in the game, broke the deadlock.

Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez doubled that lead on the other side of the break, but the job was by no means done there, with Australia pulling one back late on after Craig Goodwin’s shot took a heavy deflection off Enzo Fernandez and found its way in. 

It led to a nervy finish for the South Americans, but as mentioned above, United’s Martinez played his part, as did his namesake Emiliano in the Argentina goal in stoppage time, denying Garang Kuol from close range, to help them hold on. 

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