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Messi says win over Qatar can give Argentina needed boost

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Argentina’s 2-0 win over Qatar, their first in a tournament, could be the victory they need to kick-start their drive towards the title.

Argentina’s win over the Asian champions, thanks to an early goal from Lautaro Martinez and a late strike from Sergio Aguero, has put them into a quarter-final against Venezuela in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

Argentina came into the match under fire after losing their opener 2-0 to Colombia and then being held 1-1 by Paraguay.

But while no one should draw too many conclusions from a victory over Qatar, who finished with one point for the tournament, the win sets Argentina up for a run at the title they have not won since 1993. Coach Lionel Scaloni said he was content with the performance and delighted to still be in with a chance of silverware.

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