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International friendly: Guatemala 0 Argentina 4

15 June 2013 06:31

Lionel Messi has struck a hat-trick as Argentina thrashed Guatemala 4-0 in an international friendly on Friday.

The Barcelona superstar took his tally of international goals to 35, equal with Hernan Crespo as Argentina's equal second-highest goalscorer.

Messi moved above Diego Maradona thanks to his treble but remains well behind Gabriel Batistuta, who scored an incredible 56 goals in 78 internationals.

It was a dominant performance by Argentina, who are top of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying despite three consecutive draws.

Augusto Fernandez scored the other goal at the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, where Argentina led 3-0 at half-time.

Alejandro Sabella's men only needed 15 minutes to open the scoring as Messi struck a 30-yard effort past a helpless Ricardo Jerez.

He turned provider for the second nine minutes before half-time, crossing for Fernandez to get in front of his marker and head in to make it 2-0.

Messi earned the penalty he converted in the 40th minute, brought down in the area just as he was about to shoot.

He stepped up and sent Jerez the wrong way, side-footing the spot-kick into the bottom corner.

The hat-trick was completed just four minutes after the break as Messi finished off a fine team move.

Ezequiel Lavezzi was released down the right and cut-back for Messi – standing near the penalty spot unmarked – to finish.

Substitutions followed, with Messi making way on 68 minutes, as Argentina cruised to a comfortable victory.

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Info

0 - 4

Competition
Friendlies
Date
15 June 2013
Kick-off
04:00
Half-time
0 - 3
Full-time
0 - 4

Goals

0 - 1
15' L. Messi
 (assist by E. Lavezzi)
0 - 2
36' A. Fernández
 (assist by L. Messi)
0 - 3
40' L. Messi (PG)
0 - 4
49' L. Messi
 (assist by E. Lavezzi)

Lineups

Substitutes

Saturday 30 August

21:39
21:21
21:19
21:17
21:02
20:55
20:42
20:41
20:41
20:34
20:15
20:14
20:14
20:13
19:59
19:53
19:48
19:42
19:20
19:17
19:01
18:36
18:16
18:01
18:00
17:55
17:53
17:42
17:20
17:11
16:30
16:22
16:20
16:18
16:09
15:59
15:45
15:39
15:20
12:51
12:35
12:24
12:03
11:03
11:02
10:12
06:42
05:53
02:54
02:42
02:39
01:22

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
21:30
21:28
21:09
20:45
20:21
19:51
19:30
19:24
19:24
18:56
18:34
17:31
16:53
16:19
16:17
16:00
15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
15:16
15:16
15:05
14:05
13:35
13:29
13:11
12:59
12:50
12:50
12:29
12:18
11:37
11:35
11:10
10:55
10:44
10:43
10:29
10:11
10:06
09:47
09:47
09:40
09:23
07:26
06:40
06:35
05:41
05:07
04:39
04:36
04:30
03:28
02:57
02:29
01:42
01:00

Thursday 28 August

23:51
23:35
23:26
23:00
22:54
22:53
22:41
22:41
22:32
22:17
22:01
22:01
21:53
21:35
20:55
20:43
20:33
19:51
19:41
19:33
19:19
19:15
19:10
18:38
17:44
17:34
17:21
17:20
17:00
16:59
16:52
16:38
16:32
16:31
16:28
16:25
16:04
16:00
15:50
15:29
15:25
15:17
14:53
14:17
14:07
13:58
13:58
13:26
13:11
13:04
12:37
12:26
12:10
11:44
11:13
10:56
10:41
10:25
10:11
07:51
07:21
06:58
06:34
05:00
04:33
04:03
03:58
02:46
01:34
00:13
00:12

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