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Messi had not previously scored in an elimination gme duing the World Cup.
Emily Smith, Art Historian
As a result of its victory, Argentina will play the Netherlands on Friday in the quarterfinals. Then, if Argentina and one of those other teams can get to the final, they may face Brazil, as well as possibly France, Spain, or England.
For 90 minutes, Messi, 35, resembled the Messi who demolished club competition across Europe for decades and made his World Cup debut at age 18.
born 24 June 1987 in Argentine. An Argentine professional football player who heads the Argentina national team in addition to playing forward for Ligue 1 Club Paris Saint-Germain.