Lionel Messi breaks World Cup assist record in Argentina’s win over Mexico

Lionel Messi breaks World Cup assist record in Argentina’s win over Mexico

Lionel Messi has broken a World Cup assist record after setting up Argentina’s second goal in their 2-0 victory over Mexico at Lusail Stadium on Saturday.
The two-time world champions were under huge pressure heading into their second Group C clash after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, and knew that defeat against Mexico would knock them out of the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Messi was on the scoresheet against Saudi Arabia and he found the net again against Mexico, breaking the deadlock in the 64th minute with a low-driven strike from outside the area.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner then teed up Enzo Fernandez for his first senior international goal three minutes from time to wrap up the points for Argentina and keep their hopes of progressing to the last 16 alive.

Messi has now become the first player in World Cup history to provide an assist at five separate World Cup tournaments, breaking his own record, after setting up one goal in 2006, 2010, 2014 and now 2022 as well as two goals in 2018.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Messi said: “It was a difficult match to get up, because Mexico plays well. We played intensely in the first half and in the second we calmed down and went back to being ourselves.

“The first game (against Saudi Arabia) cost us, there are many conditioning factors. Even so, they were two isolated plays. We knew that today we had to win, that another World Cup was starting for us, and we knew how to do it.

“We can’t give up now. We have all the finals to play, we can’t make mistakes. We knew that the people’s response would be like this, I think we complied, we’ve been together for a long time hand.

“We all played the game as we had to. We were forced to carry it out and it’s difficult to play in those conditions, but both those who started and those who entered responded. There is another game to go, we accommodate but lack”.

Argentina have climbed up to second in Group C following their victory over Mexico and they currently sit one point behind leaders Poland, who will lock horns with La Albiceleste in their final group game next Wednesday.

Lionel Scaloni’s side must win if they wish to finish at the summit of the group, while a draw could be enough to qualify if Saudi Arabia fail to beat Mexico.