Lionel Messi once again led Argentina to victory, masterminding a 2-0 win over a resilient Australia in Beijing. Demonstrating his brilliance, Messi wasted no time and scored the opening goal of the friendly match within just two minutes – marking the fastest goal of his career. His exceptional curling effort left goalkeeper Maty Ryan helpless.
In the initial 15 minutes, Argentina dominated the game, creating several scoring opportunities. However, Australia managed to settle down and began counterattacking. Striker Mitch Duke came close to equalizing midway through the first half with a powerful header from Riley McGree’s cross, but goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez displayed remarkable reflexes to make a crucial save.
As the match progressed, both teams continued to create chances in a closely contested battle. Nevertheless, Argentina extended their lead when German Pezzella, charging forward, emphatically headed home a pinpoint cross from Rodrigo De Paul. The Socceroos’ defense was caught off guard, allowing Pezzella to capitalize on the sloppy marking.
Australia pushed hard to find a goal that would reignite the game’s intensity, but Argentina’s defense held firm. Messi’s exceptional skills were on full display, captivating the capacity crowd at the Workers’ Stadium. With their star player leading the way, Argentina successfully maintained their lead until the final whistle.