Twitter explodes as Lionel Messi surpasses Maradona with goal in 2-1 win over Australia to help Argentina secure FIFA World Cup quarter-final berth

Twitter erupted as Lionel Messi guided Argentina to the quarter final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Twitter erupted as Lionel Messi guided Argentina to the quarter final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Football fans on Twitter erupted as Lionel Messi scored to help Argentina advance to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. La Albiceleste managed a 2-1 win against Australia in their Round of 16 clash on Saturday, December 4.

Messi opened the scoring for his country in the 35th minute of the game.

Harry Souttar defended the initial free kick before Lionel Scaloni's side got the ball back. Nicolas Otamendi took a nice touch to set Messi up just inside the box. The Argentine captain, who was playing his 1000th senior game, found the back of the net through an army of Australian defenders. The goal marked Messi's first in the knockout stages of the competition.

Argentina started the second half convincingly. Julian Alvarez put clear daylight between the two sides when he netted in the 57th minute of the game.

The Manchester City striker has now scored in back-to-back games as he also netted against Poland in their last group game. Alvarez capitalized on a poor back pass from Kye Rowles before scoring.

Australia managed to pull one back in the 77th minute as Craig Goodwin’s effort took a massive deflection off Enzo Fernandez and ended up in Emiliano Martinez's goal.

Here are some of the best reactions across Twitter as Messi helped La Albiceleste proceed to the last eight of the 2022 FIFA World Cup:

Messi has scored past 129 goalkeepers in his career. That is utterly ridiculous lmao
Ronaldo after 1000 games: 725 goals 216 Assists 31 Trophies Messi after 1000 games: 789 Goals 348 Assists 41 Trophies
Apparently that Messi goal was the first goal Messi (or Ronaldo) has scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup…
Football heritage awaits us in the quarterfinals. 🇦🇷🆚🇳🇱#FIFAWorldCup
Lionel Messi is not normal.
⚠️ | QUICK STATOnly three players have now scored a goal in consecutive #FIFAWorldCup matches for Argentina in the 21st century:• Hernán Crespo• Lionel Messi🆕 Julián ÁlvarezStill only 22 years old. 🇦🇷💎#ARGAUS #Qatar2022
The #FIFAWorldCup matchday officials were starstruck by the legendary Lionel Messi 😅
Messi is a man on a mission 😤🏆
1 - Lionel #Messi has scored his 1st goal in the knockout stages of the World Cup at his 9th of these matches. Baptism.#FIFAWorldCup #ArgentinaAustralia #ARGAUS
Messi scores his 789th goal in his 1000th match and his first ever in a knockout game at a World Cup. His 9th World Cup goal takes him ahead of Maradona and one behind Batistuta. A moment of Messi magic amid a messy match.
Lionel Messi has now scored as many major tournament goals as Cristiano Ronaldo (22). 🐐🐐
Messi: Game number 1000Goal number 789
Matt Ryan for Argentina second goal:
Messi has cured this mans disability #FIFAWorldCup
In such an important match, Matt Ryan decides he can take on two players instead of just booting the damn ball out of danger #ARGAUS
Pochettino really fooled people into thinking that Messi was finished 🤣🤣
Una vez más, Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini.
Wear a Leo tshirt whenever you go for sex, it would be rated 10 performance. The mesmerising moment😇🤩.Argentinas are into quarters 🇦🇷🫶🏿
788 goals in 1000 appearances. Messi will be spoken about for centuries to come. We lived it.
10—Gabriel Batistuta9—Lionel Messi8—Diego MaradonaMessi becomes Argentina's second-highest scorer at the World Cup ⚽
Messi showing masterclass every match while Ronaldo dives for penalties, trying to own a teammate's goal and assisting opponent teams. We used to pray for times like this!💙
Bro tried to dribble past Argentina players
Lionel Messi no solo es un jugador de fútbol, es un ARTISTA.
Lionel Messi out here creating miracles!!Messi after 1000 games: 789 Goals 348 Assists 41 Trophies
@FIFAWorldCup Julián Álvarez scoring in World Cup knockout games with Lionel Messi 🇦🇷Rewind a few years and he was just a kid trying to get a picture with his hero 🥺
Lionel Messi, the magic man 🪄
1000 games. thank god for Lionel Messi
i feel so bad for people who don’t like Lionel Messi
lionel messi almost gave us an ankara messi goal at age 35. mans timeless
Goodwin goal! Game on... Come on 🇦🇺🦘
Enzo Fernandez OG!…
Australia in the 2nd half against Argentina
Ronaldos biggest achievement isn’t winning 5 balon dors, it’s being compared to this freak of nature 🤣 #messi

Lionel Messi and Argentina will play the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Argentina v Australia: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Argentina v Australia: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Lionel Messi and Argentina will take on Louis van Gaal's Netherlands in the last eight stages of the FIFA World Cup. The Dutch earned a 3-1 win against the USA earlier in the day.

The two sides have produced many classic games in the World Cup over the years. Their last meeting came in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup, where the South American side won the game via penalties.

Messi is in top form for his country in Qatar. He has already scored three goals and is tied with Alvaro Morata, Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappe, Enner Valencia, and Cody Gakpo in the race for the Golden Boot.

Messi has also scored more FIFA World Cup goals than the late great Diego Maradona. His tally stands at nine at the moment.

However, Oranje will likely offer a sterner test than Australia. Gakpo is shining and Memphis Depay also looks to be in good touch for Van Gaal's team. The two sides will face off on December 9.

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