ARGENTINA and Mexico fans traded punches in the stands amid shocking scenes at Saturday night’s World Cup clash.

Violence bloke out off the field during a tense night on in as Lionel Messi eventually inspired Argentina’s 2-0 victory.

Some supporters clashed in heated exchanges at the Lusail Stadium

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Some supporters clashed in heated exchanges at the Lusail StadiumCredit: Getty

Supporters were recorded by fellow fans scrambling across to confront each.

Some were sent flying and one clip shows a pile of spectators swinging wild blows at each other.

There were pre-match reports of violent clashes between fans of the two proud South American footballing nations.

And asimmering feeling amongst an unruly majority spilled over during a match Argentina were under huge pressure to win.

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Losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their first group game was arguably the biggest shock in World Cup history.

And only three points against Mexico would have left qualification in their own hands.

Ultimately Messi fired a brilliant opener on 64 minutes despite being as quiet as most of his other team-mates before that.

And sub Enzo Fernandez curled an even better goal late on to seal three points.

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Even  now, though, Argentina must beat unbeaten group leaders Poland on Wednesday to reach the last 16.

And they will surely need a much more accomplished display than they have produced so far in Qatar to squeeze through.

Many fans, like these, were more in harmony but violence marred the atmosphere

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Many fans, like these, were more in harmony but violence marred the atmosphereCredit: EPA





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