-Soccer-Messi gives Argentina 1-0 halftime lead over Australia
Lionel Messi gave Argentina a 1-0 halftime lead over Australia in their last-16 match on Saturday to give the twice World Cup winners the upper hand as they seek a quarter-final spot. Messi slotted home from just inside the area beyond the reach of goalkeeper Mat Ryan after 35 minutes of a scrappy first half with the only shot on target in the game so far.
The goal from Messi, playing in the 1,000 match of his career, put Argentina on course for a clash with Netherlands.
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