Lionel Messi was held scoreless Wednesday in Qatar, but Argentina still punched its ticket to the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Poland.
Julián Álvarez impressed in his first start of the tournament, scoring the second goal while showcasing his ability throughout the match:
It came after Alexis Mac Allister put Argentina ahead less than a minute into the second half.
Argentina entered the match in a precarious position, but the squad did enough to not only advance but also win Group C.
The victory came despite a quiet performance from the team's best player.
Messi had the most notable moment of the first half when he missed a penalty:
Fans were quick to criticize the forward after his second penalty miss of the tournament:
Messi was held without a goal or assist for the first time all tournament, which usually isn't a great sign for Argentina. The Paris Saint-Germain star still made a positive impact with his passing, although he was fortunate the rest of the squad filled in with a pair of quality goals.