Lionel Messi warns of 2022 World Cup as Argentina hero makes late start to the campaign in Qatar

Lionel Messi said Argentina's World Cup was off to a late start after inspiring a crucial win over Mexico on Sunday.

Having been stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening game earlier in the week, Argentina knew a second straight defeat.

would knock them out of the tournament with a game in hand. But Messi's sensational 64th-minute opener and substitute Enzo Fernandez's curling effort.

earned them a 2-0 win and Lionel Scaloni's men can book a place in the last 16 if they beat Poland in their final game on Wednesday.

"We had no other choice, we had to win so that we could rely only on ourselves. Lionel Scaloni made five changes to the playing XI that started the defeat to Saudi Arabia,

Scaloni also made a number of formation changes during the game but refused to take credit for the win, instead pointing to the brilliance of Messi.

"The important thing is to enjoy this World Cup. Messi should enjoy this World Cup and all the fans will enjoy him playing.