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Messi saves Argentina from embarrassment as France reaches the knockout stage in the World Cup

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Lionel Messi helped save his country from World Cup embarrassment as France became the first team to reach the knockout stages.

Messi scored the opening goal in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico as substitute Enzo Fernandez sealed a tense encounter against Mexico at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

After losing to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday – in one of the biggest shocks of the World Cup – Argentina knew a second defeat would have put them out of the competition.

Poland’s earlier 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia added to the pressure.

But Messi, 35, who played in the World Cup for the fifth and probably last time, put his team in the net with a long-range shot 19 minutes into the second half.

Fernandez undoubtedly did it with a curling shot three minutes from the end of regulation time.

However, Argentina must win their final group match against Poland on Wednesday.

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Kylian Mbappe celebrates France’s second goal against Denmark

Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe scored both goals for France in their 2-1 victory over Denmark.

Both of Mbappe’s goals finished from close range, his own coming four minutes from time.

Denmark, who have beaten France twice in the Nations League this year, fell behind after 61 minutes but equalized through Andreas Christensen.

Mbappe’s brace joins Brazilian superstar Pele as the only players to have scored seven or more World Cup goals before their 25th birthday.

Defending champions France extended their World Cup winning streak to six matches.

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