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Group D 2차전 FIFA World Youth Championship 
 
Messi hands Argentina lifeline (0:2)  
(FIFA.com) 14 Jun 2005 
 
'우승후보' 아르헨티나는 '천재 미드필더' 리오넬  메시(바르셀로나)와  파블로 사발레타(산 로렌소)의 연속골로 이집트를 2-0으로 물리치고 1차전  패배의  충격을 극복했다. 
 
스페인 프리메라리가 우승팀 FC 바르셀로나 소속의 메시는 후반  2분  구스타보 오베르만의 크로스를 잡아 골키퍼의 키를 살짝 넘기는 재치있는 로빙슛을 터뜨려 귀중한 선제 결승골을 뽑았다. 
 
Argentina's youngsters celebrate Lionel Messi's opening goal against Egypt. Alex Morton ACTION IMAGES  
 
Argentina's deserved 2-0 victory over Egypt keeps alive the South Americans' dream of reaching the last sixteen at the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005. Rising star Lionel Messi netted on the break shortly after half-time, before skipper Pablo Zabaleta fired a stoppage-time second to wrap up the points. The North Africans must now win their final Group D match to retain even a theoretical chance of surviving the group stage. 
 
Argentina coach Francisco Ferraro said afterwards, "A win was vital today. We made a string of chances, so I'm satisfied. I took Messi off because he was getting tired." 
 
Egypt boss Mohamed Radwan made three changes to the side that fell 2-0 against Germany in their opening match. Hassam Ossama and Ahmed Gamil replaced Abdallah Shahat and Mohamed Mahmoud, both suspended after sendings off, with Islam Siam coming in for Hossam Ashour. Argentina also made three changes: Messi was handed a start alongside Neri Cardoso and Fernando Gago, with Lucas Biglia, Pablo Vitti and Emiliano Armenteros relegated to the bench. 
 
Defeat for both sides in their opening matches showed in a nervous beginning. The Argentines threatened first on 11 minutes as Messi turned on the style with a wonderful solo run, but watched in agony as his 11-metre shot clattered back off the bar. However, in a reprise of a disappointing first half against the USA, the South Americans lacked precision in the build-up, and Egypt looked comfortable enough without ever seriously threatening. Argentine keeper Oscar Ustari was not called into action until the half-hour, bringing the ball under control at the second attempt from Mahmoud Abdelrazak's long-range effort. 
 
Messi loosed off another warning shot with a 20-metre drive 10 minutes before the interval, while up the other end, Ustari made a regulation save as Ahmed Farag poked toward goal following an Abdelrazak free-kick. Messi and Neri Cardoso combined brilliantly to set up Gustavo Oberman, but the Argentine was out of  luck as his flick with the outside of the boot struck the bar. Egypt's best chance came just before half-time as Abdallah Said collected Abdelrazak's incisive through-ball but blasted over. 
 
Pablo Zabaletta chips home to seal Argentina's 2-0 win against Egypt. (ACTION IMAGES) Alex Morton  
 
Messi on target for opener 
Argentina emerged from the dressing room in determined mood and swiftly took the lead when Messi rounded off a speedy counter-attack on 47 minutes. Oberman's cross from the right evaded a sea of players in the box as the defence back-pedalled, but the assured Barcelona starlet was waiting at the far post to lob over the prone form of Egypt keeper Hamada Shaaban. 
 
The South Americans upped the tempo and Messi almost doubled the advantage on the hour. Shaaban, one of his side's best players on the evening, denied Oberman after the influential Messi's defence-splitting pass. Pablo Zabeleta squandered two presentable openings and Gustavo Cabral missed another as Argentina threatened to put the game beyond reach. 
 
Egypt boss Radwan bellowed instructions at his players from the touchline, but the South Americans looked resolute and never likely to lose control. Messi acknowledged the applause as he was substituted six minutes from time, before Ahmed Ghanem failed to capitalise on one of Egypt's few chances. Zabaleta finally killed off any lingering doubts with the second in time added-on. 
 
"We played a long way below our potential. Argentina were simply the better unit, so they deserved to win." said Egypt coach Radwan after the game.