Lionel Messi in confident mood ahead of the World Cup knockout stages
Lionel Messi appeared to be in a positive mood after Argentina's victory over Poland by 2-0 on Tuesday, November 30.
Two-time world champions were crowned Group C winners after their win over Poland. Julian Alvarez (63") and Alexis Mac Allister (46) also made it to the scoresheet.
Argentina finished the group phase with six points. This included two wins and an unexpected defeat by Saudi Arabia.
Lionel Messi looks forward to the knockout stages at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has called the knockout stages a new World Cup tournament.
It is worth noting that Lionel Messi got a penalty saved by Wojciech Sczesny of Poland in the first period when the score was tied at 1-1.
Argentina however scored two goals following the penalty miss to send La Albiceleste through the Round of 16.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has contributed an assist to three matches in the tournament and scored two goals.
Argentina is scheduled to take on Group D runners-up Australia at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in their Round 16 tie.
The Socceroos won a 1-0 win over Denmark in their last group stage match to ensure a place at the knockout stages in the World Cup.