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2026 WCQ: Messi Grabs A Brace As Argentina Edge Peru

2026 WCQ: Messi Grabs A Brace As Argentina Edge Peru

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi scored two goals as Argentina beat Peru 2-0in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, October 18 at the Estadio Nacional de Lima.

Messi fired a long range shot narrowly wide off the left side of the post in the third minute.

He opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a trademark looped shot from a Nicolas Gonzalez assist.


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The former Paris Saint-Germain ace doubled his side’s lead 10 minutes later placing the ball past the Peru goalkeeper.

Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez assisted the second goal of the game

This match marks Messi’s first start after a spell on the sidelines due to injury.

The 36 year old is in line to win a record extending eighth Ballon d’Or on October 30 at the Theater du Chatelet.

Messi has scored 11 goals and notched five assists in 13 games across all competitions for Inter Miami this season.

He has scored 106 goals in 178 games for Argentina. Argentina are currently first in the CONMEBOL qualifying series with 12 points from four games.

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