The reverence is repeated: “Messi, Messi, Messi…”. And Leo, no matter the opponent or the circumstance, plays knowing that there are fans in the stands who may see him in action for the first and last time in their lives. He does it by mixing amateur spirit with competitive feeling. By the way, he adds goals and draws new records. It also happens in the second soccer party of the world champions, in the Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero. There is the mythical ’10’, a goal here, a goal there, a goal and more goals to complete the 100 Albicelestes celebrations. Now there are 102 selected festivities…
The reunion at the Monumental, the tribute from the AFA and Argentine football at Ezeiza, the honors from Conmebol in Asunción… It is true that the party of Argentina It has no end and that everyone enjoys, but with so many continuous tributes, everything already sounds similar. However, Messi transforms each moment into transcendent. So, he draws his 55th hat-trick (the eighth with the national team, the other 47 with FC Barcelona) and reaches another record. He is the first player to score more than 100 goals with the jersey of Argentina.
5-0 in the first half
First, after a nice pass from Gio Lo Celsoappeared Messi to hook and put it down against a stick. Then, left-handed, to the side. Later, after another assist from the celso, the ’10’ ran hand in hand and placed it next to the right post. The hat trick Leo he drew it in just 36 minutes. The second had done it upside down Nico Gonzalez and the fourth, Enzo Fernandez, with a beautiful auction from outside. It was 5-0 in the first half.
Unlike Panamawho had delayed the cry of the phenomenon almost until the last breath, had no way of holding the hyper modest curacaoa Central American team that has just been relegated to category B of the CONCACAF Nations League and that was more than fragile from the middle to the back.
scaloni He used several players who had not started against Panama. Anyway, Argentina He still imposed his overwhelming difference in hierarchy. In the second stage, the albiceleste changes came. What did not change was the tendency of the party without equivalences.
Di Maria, criminal
Came the sixth, through angel di maria penalty, and the seventh, of Gonzalo Montiel. Had Messi two free kicks that he kicked from above and two other chances that the goalkeeper saved, but could not continue adding. To close the night, the president of the AFA gave Leo a shirt and a plate with the number 100. Also a ball. There was an emotional video. Again, he lifted the World Cup. And there was an Olympic return. And La Mosca appeared in action, to sing “Muchaaachos…”. The ’10’ and his fellow champions were not out of control as in the Monumental. From time to time they sang and jumped, but more than anything they contemplated. Another party to remember had passed.
Argentina: Emiliano Martínez (m.79, Franco Armani); Gonzalo Montiel, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi (m.48, Juan Foyth), Marcos Acuña; Giovani Lo Celso (m.66, Ángel Di María), Enzo Fernández (m.48, Exequiel Palacios), Alexis Mac Allister (m.48, Rodrigo De Paul); Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez (m.66, Paulo Dybala) and Nicolás González
curacao: Eloy Room; Jurien Gaeari, Rhu Endly Martina, Roshon Van Eijma, Sherel Floranus; Bradley Kuwas, Vurnon Anita (m.82, Kevin Felida), Leandro Bacuna (m.82, Elson Hooi), Kenji Gorre (m.57, Richairo Zivkovic); Juninho Bacuna and Rangelo Janga (m.57, Jeremy Antonisse)
goals: 1-0, m.:20 Lionel Messi. 2-0, m.22 Nicolás González. 3-0, m.: 32 Lionel Messi. 4-0, m.: 34 Enzo Fernandez. 5-0, m.: 37 Lionel Messi. 6-0, m.: 78 Ángel Di María, from a penalty. 7-0, m.86. Gonzalo Montiel
Referee: Gustavo Tejera (Uruguay). He admonished De Paul and Vurnon Anita
incidents: FIFA date friendly match played at the Madre de Ciudades Stadium in Santiago del Estero.
see match sheet