DOHA: It's again their talisman's talent that inspired the Tango to FIFA World Cup's final.

Messi was again the watchword for today's crucial victory over a stubborn opponent but the talent had the final say at the end.

At 35, the 7-time Ballon d'Or winner could hardly be playing any better. Messi converted a penalty and had a stunningly overwhelming hand in the other two goals by Julián Álvarez, leading his team to the final on Sunday against the winner of tomorrow's ties between France and Morocco.