FilGoal | News | Messi: The referee always makes these decisions deliberately against us


Lionel Messi, the icon of Argentina, criticized the Brazilian referee, Wilton Sampaio, after the latter awarded a penalty kick to his rival, the Peruvian team, in the first meeting that decided the first goal at dawn on Friday in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Lautaro Martinez scored Argentinas goal in the first half, but Sampaio awarded Peru a penalty kick in the second half, which Yoshimar Yotun missed by hitting the crossbar.

“Tough match. High winds, and they defended well, leaving us a few spaces,” Messi wrote on Instagram.

And he continued, “The referee always does that when he runs a meeting for us, as if he does it on purpose. But well, 3 points bring us closer to our goal.”

The referee pointed to the penalty mark after Jefferson Farfan fell in the Argentine penalty area, but Yoton missed the opportunity to equalize in the 65th minute.

Lautaro Martinez scored the goal for Albaceleste in the 43rd minute with a powerful header to raise Argentinas tally to 25 points and continue to be runners-up in the qualifiers.

While Peru occupies the ninth place with a score of 11 points. In the next round, on November 11, Argentina will play its host Uruguay, Bolivia will host Peru, Brazil will clash with Colombia, Paraguay will face Chile, and Ecuador will challenge its host Venezuela.

The first 4 teams qualify for the World Cup, while the fifth plays a playoff against a team from another continent.


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