The final whistle from the Italian referee Daniel Orsato marked Argentina’s first victory in the Qatar World Cup 2022after beating Mexico 2-0. With him came the embrace of the team Lionel Scaloni in the middle of the field and the walk towards the arch of the goal Lionel Messi Y Enzo Fernández to thank the Argentinian fan who accompanied him to Doha, to extend it to all those who followed him on TV.
“What do we tell people? Same thing: we can’t give up now. Now this is it, we went into this and we have all the finals. We can’t go wrong,” she replied. Leoauthor of the 1-0 with a great goal from outside the box.
He added: “We knew this was going to be people’s response and we respected them. We have been together for a long time hand in hand and this is how we get beautiful things“.
The man from Rosario said that “it was a difficult match” getting up after the 2-1 draw with Saudi Arabia “because Mexico plays well”, but underlined that “another World Cup has started today” for the national team. “It’s a relief. I am very pleased and happy with this group, ”she stressed.
In his analysis of the 2-0 defeat against Mexico, he explained: “We played very intensely in the first half and in the second, when we calmed down, it was us again. And with the result, the euphoria and the need, the game became the way it was.”
Referring to the changes, such as the introduction of Enzo Fernández, the other goalscorer on Saturday, he said: “We played the match as we were supposed to. The team played a great game and this is the way. We are a group and whoever enters is important.”
As for his debut, Messi acknowledged that “the first game cost him a lot” but he wasn’t surprised. “It’s normal, because many kids play their first game and the calendar… They’re not excuses but we didn’t go out because we had to go out. But there were also two isolated plays that made us lose the game, which would have was another because we didn’t win by inches 2 to 0”.
In the end, Leo He brought peace of mind to the information that came out about his state of health before the clash with Mexico. “I don’t know why so many things have been said. The other day we were talking about my ankle and I had nothing, but then I badly twisted my ankle -he confessed-. But I was fine, I trained normally, on par with the group. I’ve never trained alone.”