Lionel Messi grabs Argentina’s all-time World Cup scoring report after changing penalty vs Croatia

Lionel Messi grabs Argentina’s all-time World Cup scoring report after changing penalty vs Croatia
Lionel Messi grabs Argentina’s all-time World Cup scoring report after changing penalty vs Croatia

FIFA World Cup 2022: Lionel Messi scored the primary of the 2 objectives within the first half of Argentina’s semi-final towards Croatia. Messi went previous Gabriel Batistuta’s Argentina report for many World Cup objectives.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 14, 2022 01:30 IST

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Unstoppable Messi grabs Argentina’s all-time World Cup scoring report (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Lionel Messi is unstoppable. In most likely his final World Cup look, the Paris Saint-Germain celebrity is setting the stage on hearth in Qatar. He stepped up when the workforce wanted him as their captain transformed a penalty within the first-half of the semi-final of FIFA World Cup 2022 towards Croatia on Tuesday on the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

Lionel Messi scored his fifth objective of the event in Qatar as he blasted one into the highest proper nook from the spot, giving no probability to Dominik Livakovic. The Croatian goalkeeper dived to the appropriate aspect however he was not capable of even get his finger recommendations on it as Messi, who was holding his hamstring minutes earlier than the opening objective, hit a strong shot.

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Livakovic fouled Julian Alvarez contained in the field after the Argentina ahead was trying to get to the tip of a ball down the center from Enzo Fernandez within the thirty fourth minute of the massive semi-final.

Messi, soaking within the applause from the hundreds of Argentina followers who had crammed the Lusail Stadium to the rafters, stored his cool as he slotted one together with his highly effective left foot.

The mastery from the spot put Messi on stage with France’s Kylian Mbappe within the race for the Golden Boot with 5 objectives every. Mbappe might be in motion within the second semi-final towards Morocco on Wednesday.

Notably, Messi additionally went previous Gabriel Batistuta’s tally of 10 for essentially the most World Cup objectives by an Argentina participant. It was a record-equalling night time when it comes to World Cup appearances for Messi because the Argentina captain emulated Lothar Matthaeus report of 25 appearances on the showpiece occasion.

Messi headed into the World Cup in Qatar, trailing his idol Diego Maradona’s tally of 8 World Cup objectives however has raced previous the legendary former worldwide with superlative showings within the ongoing event, which is Messi’s fifth.

MOST WORLD CUP GOALS FOR ARGENTINA

Lionel Messi 11 in 25 appearances

Gabriel Batistuta – 10 in 12 appearances

Guillermo Stabile – 8 in 4 appearances

Diego Maradona – 8 in 21 appearances

Mario Kempes – 6 in 18 appearances

Argentina headed into the break with a 2-0 lead after Julian Alvarez doubled the lead, with a incredible run and end from a counter-attack within the thirty ninth mnute.

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