In front of 88,966 fans at Lusail Stadium, the match was at first a nervy one with plenty of fouls but a lack of opportunities from either side. Then, in the second half, Messi opened up the score sheet with an inch-perfect opportunity in the 64th minute that put the South Americans up 1-0.
In the 87th minute, Fernandez sealed the 2-0 result with a beautiful shot that sneaked past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Initially running into hurdles with El Tri‘s defensive game plan through a 5-3-2 formation, Messi eventually pounced on a shot in the second half that set the Lusail Stadium crowd into a frenzy. El Tri appeared rattled after the goal, leaving an inevitable chance later on for Fernandez to make it 2-0 in the dying moments.