Chicago, June 11: Lionel Messi scored a late hat-trick as Argentina thrashed 10-man Panama 5-Zero to enter the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario soccer event right here.
Approaching as an alternative within the 61st minute, Messi had an instantaneous impact, hanging within the 68th, 78th and 87th minutes, to finish a hat-trick in simply 21 minutes. It was an excellent begin to the tournament for Messi who had missed Argentina’s campaign opener towards Chile as a result of harm.
He’s now the joint prime scorer within the match together with Philippe Coutinho of Brazil.
This was Messi’s fourth hat-trick in an Argentine jersey. He now has a tally of 53 worldwide objectives and wishes to attain simply three extra to affix former striker Gabriel Batistuta as the very best ever scorer for the 14-time Copa America champions.
Nicolas Otamendi (seventh minute) had discovered the early lead for Argentina whereas Sergio Aguero (90th) discovered the online within the closing minute of regulation time as Argentina ensured qualification for the second spherical in some fashion.
The previous World Cup winners are on the prime of Group D with six factors and a purpose distinction of +6 from two wins with a match in hand. They are going to play their remaining group match towards Bolivia on June 15.
Panama remained joint second within the group together with Chile with three factors from two matches every. Panama had been diminished to 10 males within the 31st minute when Anibal Godoy picked up a second yellow card for lashing out at Nicolas Gaitan.
They’ve picked up a number of yellow playing cards, which suggests they’ll miss 4 gamers from their beginning XI of their third and closing group match in opposition to Chile. The winner of that match will be a part of Argentina within the quarter-finals because the second staff from Group D.
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