It was a goal virtually out of nothing. Angel Di Maria took the ball on the right, cut inside and squared it towards Lionel Messi. The Argentine No. 10 was, rather unbelievably, left unmarked just outside the box in the centre, roughly 25 yards from the Mexican goal. Messi calmly received the ball, lined up a shot and drilled one into the bottom corner to the left of the goalkeeper.
Quite rightly, well past midnight in India, ‘WHAT A GOAL’ started trending on social media.
Messi has scored far better goals in his career. But this one was significant and one of the most crucial of the eight World Cup goals he has now scored or, for that matter, crucial even among the 788 senior career goals he has to his name. (India Exp.)