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WATCH: Messi’s brilliant goal keeps Argentina’s hopes alive in FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi scoring the go-ahead goal against Mexico.

Lionel Messi’s brilliant goal with a low strike from outside the box sparked a 2-0 win over Mexico to keep Argentina’s hopes alive in the FIFA World Cup at Qatar after the stunning defeat by Saudi Arabia.

The victory gives Argentina three points, even with Saudi Arabia and one behind Group C leader Poland. Mexico is stuck with one point entering Wednesday’s matches pitting Argentina vs. Poland and Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico. Two will advance to the round of 16.

“We needed this euphoria,” Messi said. After the upset loss, “the days were very long, and we were eager to have the chance to turn it around. It was a critical game. Winning it was a weight off our shoulders, and we now have peace of mind.”

Messi is now two goals short of Argentina’s World Cup top-scorer Gabriel Batistuta’s tally of 10 goals, but this win gives him more opportunities to overtake his compatriot in Qatar.