Lionel Messi hailed the “beautiful” bond between Argentina’s avid gamers and lovers after marking his 1,000th skilled look with a peerless efficiency, which incorporated a sublimely taken first function, within the anxious win over Australia.
Argentina’s fixtures have resembled house suits in Qatar, their lovers turning stadiums into pulsating cathedrals that inevitably damage into complete choral worship of Messi. But all the crew used to be serenaded lengthy after complete time even after a forestall‑get started efficiency, and Messi highlighted the ability of a dating that has looked as if it would develop with every sport on this event.
“The union and bond we have is something beautiful and it’s what the national team should be,” he stated. “It’s unbelievable how they live every single match, how they transmit passion, energy and joy. We’re thankful.”
Messi described the victory, made more difficult after Craig Goodwin’s shot deflected in off Enzo Fernández, as “taking another step forward, achieving another objective”. Of Argentina’s late jitters, he said: “That’s the World Cup for you, the matches are difficult.”
The Argentina manager, Lionel Scaloni, pointed to the turnaround of less than 72 hours between their group match with Poland and this assignment. He said his players would “sleep so late” as a result of their excursions but described them as “born to play these games”.
Scaloni looked ahead to the quarter-final against the Netherlands, which is a repeat of the countries’ classic meeting at that stage in 1998. “Probably they don’t play as beautifully as previous Dutch teams, but they have strong points and weaknesses we Will try to use it,” he said. “It will be a beautiful game with two historic national teams. We hope we’ll qualify.
Graham Arnold was left to rue his underdogs’ flirtation with a seismic shock. Had Garang Kuol not been foiled by Emi Martínez with the game’s final significant action, they would have completed a two-goal comeback and taken proceedings into extra time.
“It’s all about making the nation proud and I’m pretty sure we did that,” he stated. “Before we came here everyone said we’re the worst Socceroos team ever to qualify for a World Cup and the worst Socceroos team ever. That’s gone now. We’ve done exceptionally well.
Nevertheless Arnold admitted a pang of regret. “It’s probably the way I am but even though we’ve been successful I feel like we failed tonight,” he stated. “Making the last 16 was not enough – I wanted more.”
Arnold’s contract is up and he would now not be drawn on his long run, focusing first on an approaching vacation. “I haven’t had any thoughts about it,” he stated. “I need a break, I’ll have a rest and no doubt I’ll have good discussions with the organisation.”