Lionel Messi 800th Goal, Team Argentina stands victorious as they beat Panama 2-0
Argentina played their first game in front of their home fans after winning the World Cup in December 2022. Messi’s goal beat Panama with a score of 2-0 on Thursday, with Thiago ALmada and Lionel Messi making goals in a celebratory atmosphere.
Currently coaching team Argentina, Lionel Scaloni is a versatile professional footballer. Scaloni started the same lineup that had team Argentina victorious over France in the World Cup final, and they looked dominant from the beginning. Still, they could only break through the defensive wall of the Panamanian team in the latter part of the match.
The Argentina national team (Selección de fútbol de Argentina in Spanish ) represents Argentina in male international Football. The Argentine Football Association, Argentina’s Football regulatory body, manages the team.
They are the incumbent global winners, earning the most recent World Cup in 2022. They are called La Albiceleste, meaning ‘The White and Sky Blue .’Argentina has competed in six World Cup finals, a record shared by team Italy and exceeded by only Brazil and Germany.
Argentina competed in the first-ever final in 1930 and lost the exact match with a score of 4-2 to Uruguay.
The Panama national football squad (Selección de fútbol de Panamá in Spanish) is managed by the Panamanian Football Federation and represents Panama in male international Football.
The team represents FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football ), as well as the regional UNCAF.
Panama held the FIFA World Cup trophy for the first time for the 2018 edition in Russia, scoring their first goal against England despite losing the match 6-1. However, they finished last in their group.
Panama, who competed in their first final of the World Cup in Russia, failed to clinch a berth in Qatar after coming fifth in the CONCACAF Qualifiers.
Argentina & Panama had announced their starting lineups. For team Argentina, the following players were listed.
Martinez; Molina, Otamendi, Romero, Tagliafico; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Messi, Alvarez, Di Maria.
And, for team Panama, the players in line were,
Guerra; Anderson, Peralta, Farina, Galvan; Ramos, Gudino, Quintero; Cordoba, Stephens, Murillo.
Almada of Atlanta United scored his first goal (international) in the 79th minute, capitalizing on a rebound after Messi’s free-kick hit the left post.
Captain Messi eventually scored the 800th goal of his career and increased the advantage in the 89th minute with a fantastic free-kick that sailed into the top right corner, thrilling the over 80,000 supporters at the Monumental Stadium.
At a post-match celebratory ceremony, Messi said that he had always dreamt of this moment. He desperately wished to rejoice in his country Argentina, hoisting the most significant thing that is the World Cup. The Argentine Football Association hosted the ceremony to commemorate the country’s third World Cup triumph and first in thirty-six years.
He encouraged his team to keep doing what they do very well and enjoy it. They had waited a long time to win it again. It was a celebration of the third star.
Scaloni was emotional, with his eyes full of tears; he said he’d forever be thankful to the team players. He said Football is theirs, a team Argentina thing, and they would not have taken home the World Cup without them playing so passionately.
The coach of team Argentina proudly expressed to all the fans that the ach player who gets this jersey puts in all their efforts, but the results sometimes differ. However, that time they got it, and it was the most beautiful feeling. Before a celebratory lap of teammates, the coach said that the victory was reflective of the one his squad had at Lusail Stadium, Qatar, 95 days ago.
WORLD CHAMPIONS ARGENTINA CELEBRATIONS BEFORE MATCH VS PANAMA 😱🎉 pic.twitter.com/kIOxJc4ycY— Sardar Hamza (@aka_shr_) March 24, 2023
Messi’s popularity had already risen to new levels when the star was swarmed by fans while out for a meal with his friends and family a few days earlier.
Lionel Messi triumphing in the World Cup in a dramatic final match against Kylian Mbappe’s France was a fairytale. As La Pulga lifted the solid gold trophy in Qatar, he instilled his legacy in the minds of every Argentine supporter, following every fan seen donning the blue and white jersey. Apart from the initial group stage setback against Saudi Arabia, La Albiceleste has always succeeded under Lionel Scaloni. They said they would attempt to maintain their winning streak against a team that has yet to overcome the World Champions.
El Monumental Stadium witnessed their team play at their stadium for the first time since the World Cup in Qatar, and it is no doubt that the stadium’s 83,000 fans went to all lengths to make their presence known to the players.