Argentina beat Australia 2-1 at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium to qualify for the quarter-final of the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup.

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The South Americans proved too much for the Australians and tormented the latter’s defence.

Lionel Messi gave the Argentines the lead in the 35th minute after Nicolas Otamendi’s pass.

Messi and Alvarez celebrate

Julian Alvarez then doubled their lead in the 57th minute after Mathew Ryan’s error in goal.

However, Australia pulled one back through an Enzo Jeremias Fernandez own-goal to ensure the final minutes were nervy.

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The Australians were off their seats after Aziz Behichbeat about four Argentines, but his shot was deflected by Lisandro Martinez for a corner kick. It was a Messi-esque move by the left-back.

Argentina could have killed the game, but substitute, Lautaro Martinez lost two chances before Ryan saved with his leg from his shot to keep his side in the game.

Alvarez scored Argentina’s second goal

Australia could have levelled and forced the game into extra-time, but Emiliano Martinez saved Garang Kuol’s last-minute strike after a good move by his team.

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Argentina will face the Netherlands, who beat USA 3-1 earlier today, in the quarter-final, while the Socceroos of Australia head back to their country.