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World Cup Round of 16 Live Blog - Argentina vs Australia

Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, my name is Jidechi Chidiezie. We're now into the round of 16 stage of the tournament, and tonight is Argentina vs Australia.

2022 FIFA World Cup Round of 16: Argentina vs Australia
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19:30

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It’s the round of 16 stages of this exciting showpiece, and tonight, it's ARGENTINA VS AUSTRALIA!

19:33

AUSTRALIA RUN TO THE THE LAST 16:
Australia 1-0 Denmark 
Tunisia 0-1 Australia
France 4-1 Australia

19:35

ARGENTINA'S RUN TO THE LAST 16:

Poland 0-2 Argentina

Argentina 2-0 Mexico

Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

19:36

While Argentina finished as Group C winners with 6 points and a goal difference of +3, Australia finished as Group D runners-up behind France with 6 points and goal difference of -1

19:38

This will be the fifth meeting between both sides.
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HERE IS HOW THEIR HEAD-TO-HEAD LOOK LIKE:
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Australia 0-1 Argentina (Friendly, 2007)

Australia 2-4 Argentina (Confederations Cup, 2005)

Argentina 1-0 Australia (1994 World Cup qualification, 1993)

Argentina 1-1 Australia (1994 World Cup qualification, 1993)

19:39

Now, the starting XI from both sides for tonight's game

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19:40

Australia STARTING XI: Of course, Mathew Leckie who sent Australia through to the knockouts and will want to work his magic once again, will feature for Socceroos tonight

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19:42

Argentina STARTING XI: This is being widely stated as Lionel Messi's last chance at a World Cup crown, and the Argentine captain will have to step up like he never has before after he missed a penalty in their last game against Poland

FT: Netherlands 3-1 USA
FT: Netherlands 3-1 USA
19:50

Meanwhile, the winner of this one tonight will progress to the quarterfinal where Netherlands are already waiting. De Oranje defeated United States in a feistily contested round of 16 game earlier today

20:00

1' KICK-OFF!

Argentina 0-0 Australia

20:01

1' And we're underway at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. Polish referee Szymon Marciniak is the man in-charge tonight

20:31

30' Half an hour gone in Al Rayyan, and Argentina have been the more dominant side with over 60% of the ball possesion

STATS SO FAR

Goal Attempts: 1-1

On Target: 0-0

Blocked Shots: 0-1

Free kicks: 5-2

Corner kicks: 0-2

Offsides: 1-0

Yellow Cards: 0-1

20:35

GOAL! Its Messi for Argentina! The Argentine captain captain receives the ball after a combination play between Alexis MacAllister and Nicolas Otamendi, and with a first-time attempt, places it into the bottom lest corner. Its Argentina 1-0 Australia

40' Argentina 1-0 Australia
40' Argentina 1-0 Australia
20:40

A LANDMARK FOR THE FOOTBALL G.O.A.T:
On his 1,000th senior game as a professional footballer. Lionel Messi takes his all-time FIFA World Cup tally to 9 goals

20:46

45' There will be 2 additional minutes at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

20:48

HALF-TIME!

Argentina 1-0 Australia

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20:57

Lionel Messi: Second all-time for the Albicelestes

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21:04

46' We're back with the second half in Al Rayyan: Argentina 1-0 Australia

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21:09

An early second half substitution for Argentina

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21:15

Meanwhile, pitch-side view of that Lionel Messi first half goal

21:15

GOAL! What a blunder that was! A back pass in the Australian defence goes awry as Julian Alvarez steals the ball off Matthew Ryan and puts it into the back of the net with the simplest of touches. Its Argentina 2-0 Argentina

21:19

60' Argentina 2-0 Australia

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21:29

Argentina come through with a double change on the 70th-minute mark

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21:30

Australia make a triple change

21:34

75' And we're now into the final fifteen of this game. Does it end this way, or with more Argentine goal? Or, do Australia still have something up their sleeves?

STATS SO FAR

Goal Attempts: 5-1

On Target: 3-0

Blocked Shots: 0-1

Free kicks: 12-8

Corner kicks: 1-2

Offsides: 1-0

Yellow Cards: 0-2

21:35

GOAL! Australia pull one back! Craig Goodwin takes a shot from the edge of the box and his attempt takes a deflection off Enzo Fernandes and past Emiliano Martinez into the South Americans net. Its now, Argentina 2-1 Australia

21:36

Are we seeing a dramatic finish this? Drama incoming?!

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21:38

The final set of substitutions for Argentina

21:39

WHAT A CHANCE! Australia almost pull level with Argentina as Aziz Behich goes on a mazy run through the defence and into the opposition box, but his attempt on goal is blocked for an Australian corner kick.

21:47

MISSED!  A great Argentine build-up by Lionel Messi sees Lautaro Martinez receive a pass in a great position in Australia's box, both his attempt is unable to give Argentina the needed assurance goal

21:49

90' There will be 7 minutes added on at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium: Argentina 2-1 Australia

21:56

FULL-TIME!

Argentina 2-1 Australia

21:57

What a dramatic finish to this round of 16 game that was, with Emiliano Martinez with a last minute save to ensure that Argentina progress to the quarterfinal. Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez on the scoresheet for the winners

21:59

Fair play to the Australians, but it is Argentina who progress to the next stage to take on Netherlands 

22:00

Thank you for joining me for tonight's coverage. Tomorrow is another day for another round of round of 16 fixtures. Do ensure you get a great night's rest. From me, its good bye!

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