At Buenos Aires, it was time for Argentina to thrash the visitors – Bolivia and it was all about Lionel Messi who reached the milestone of breaking Pele’s 77-goal record and again, scored a hat-trick. His one-man show propelled Argentina to a comprehensive victory who are looking very good at the moment. Even though, one must not forget the poor state of the Bolivian football team, who are a jolly-bash for many teams in South America. Brazil thrashed them 5-0 previously.
Bolivia made five changes following their loss to Uruguay.
They switched from an expansive 4-2-3-1 into a rigid 5-3-2.
Ramiro Vaca, Fernandez, Arce, Saucedo and Enoumba were the players to drop out.
Argentina made four changes to the side that dealt with a suspended match against Brazil last time out. Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Romero are all ineligible after violating COVID-19 protocols in order to enter Brazil. Meanwhile, Montiel dropped out for Molina.
Within four minutes of the match, Messi darted inside from the right before hitting a fierce 25-yard strike high and wide.
Ten minutes later, Messi received a pass from Paredes 30 yards from goal and preceded to nutmeg the advancing Haquin, before bending a superb strike into the top left corner from 25 yards! Lampe stood no chance.
Clearly, Bolivia struggled throughout the first half to control Argentina’s attacking intent.
After one hour of attacking display, Messi drove at the heart of the Bolivian defence once more. This time he got just inside the box before firing off a dangerous strike that flicks off Jose Sagredo and just wide of the near post! The resulting set-piece amounted to nothing, however.
Two minutes later, it was another goal for Messi.
He played a couple of quick one-twos with Martinez to get inside the box, before nudging a shot against Jusino. The ball fortuitously ricochetted back to Messi though, and he feinted to go right before poking a close-range shot to the left of Lampe and it was 2-0.
Two minutes before the end of normal time, Messi completed his hat-trick.
Joaquin Correa smashed a fierce effort from 25 yards and Lampe could only parry it straight to Messi and he did the rest and slotted a first-time finish into an empty net.
Argentina earned full points courtesy of Messi brilliance.