Lionel Messi was on the score sheet today to help World Cup champions Argentina beat Australia 2-0 in the friendly international game on Thursday (15). The game was played at the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing, China, and was broadcast live on CBS Sports Golazo Network.
Lionel Messi, who scored the opener in the Round of 16 match between the two teams at the 2022 World Cup, captained Argentina in the friendly game today, and he scored a brilliant goal to open the scoring and wowed the crowd in the second minute of the game. This is the fastest goal scored by Messi in his career.
Second half substitute Germán Pezzella double the score for Argentina in the 68th minute and world champions cruised to victory in a well entertaining game.
Lionel Messi, who recently left French champions PSG, is expected to fly to the Miami in Florida, USA, this week to join up with his MLS Soccer new club, Inter Miami.
Meanwhile, Manchester United forward Alejandro Garnacho also featured in the game today for Argentina, coming on as a second half substitute and played a little over 15 minutes in his debut appearance.
Although featuring in today’s game, Lionel Messi isn’t expected to play too many more games for Argentina and he even dismissed suggestions that he would play at the next World Cup.
“This was my last World Cup. I will see how things go, but in principle no, I will not go to the next World Cup,” he said this week.
This was the ninth time that Argentina and Australia faced each other in their footballing history, with Argentina winning the last five meetings between the two sides – Sporting News.