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Lionel Messi: Qatar win an ‘important boost’ for Argentina

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The captain was relieved to make it to the knockout phase

Qatar v Argentina: Group B - Copa America Brazil 2019 Photo by Alessandra Cabral/Getty Images

Lionel Messi said Argentina’s 2-0 win over Qatar on Sunday at the Copa America will be an “important boost” to the team ahead of the quarter-finals.

Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero gave Argentina their first win of the competition so far and second place in Group B behind Colombia.

Messi, who had a quiet game by his standards, spoke about his team’s victory after the match.

“The important thing was to win to keep going in the Copa, to get through the group stage,” said.

”This will be an important boost for what’s to come ... another Copa begins now.

”This victory must give us strength and make us grow as a team.”

Source | AFP

Argentina now go on to face Venezuela in the quarter-finals. They clash on Friday at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio.