Fan Embraces Lionel Messi as He Scores in Argentina’s 2-0 Victory against Australia

Lionel Messi, the renowned soccer superstar, found himself in an unexpected embrace with a fan during a friendly match against Australia. The fan, donning an Argentina No.10 jersey, ran onto the field and approached Messi near the corner flag. Despite the surprise, Messi graciously put his arm around the fan’s back before security guards intervened.

The enthusiastic supporter then proceeded to make his way across the field, exchanging a high-five with Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez before tripping and being carried off by security. Shortly after this incident, Messi played a pivotal role in setting up Argentina’s second goal, scored by German Pezzella in the 68th minute.

It is worth noting that Messi had scored an impressive goal in the opening minutes of the match, showcasing his skills just a week after his decision to join Inter Miami following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain. The Chinese fans, many adorned in Argentina’s iconic blue-and-white national team shirts, cheered fervently as Messi found the back of the net.

Messi’s goal added to his incredible international goal tally, which currently stands at 103 goals. He trails only Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (122 goals) and Ali Daei of Iran (109 goals) in this regard. Although Australia put up a strong fight, similar to their performance in the World Cup loss to Argentina, they were unable to secure a victory. Mitch Duke’s shot hit the post, denying them a goal.

Argentina’s star player had several more opportunities to score throughout the match, but ultimately, it was up to Rodrigo De Paul to provide the assist for Pezzella’s goal. Messi’s involvement in the play was crucial, as he passed the ball to De Paul near the corner flag, who then delivered a cross for Pezzella to head home.

Looking ahead, Argentina will travel to Jakarta to face Indonesia, while Australia will take on England in October as they prepare for the Asian Cup in Qatar in January.

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