Messi record as Argentina thrash Venezuela
Foxborough, United States: Lionel Messi scored a record-equalling 54th universal objective as Argentina clobbered Venezuela 4-1 to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario here Saturday.
The Barcelona whiz scored his fourth objective of the competition in the 60th moment at the Gillette Stadium to equivalent Gabriel Batistuta’s long-lasting Argentina universal goalscoring record.
Messi likewise made an objective for Gonzalo Higuain, who scored twice, and second half substitute Erik Lamela as Argentina set up a semi-last against the United States in Houston on Tuesday.
Messi is resolved to lead Argentina to their first trophy in 23 years after a progression of anguishing close misses which incorporate annihilations in the finals of a year ago’s Copa America and the 2014 World Cup last.
Messi’s virtuoso made the opening objective following eight minutes, with the playmaker hurling a superb twisting go to choose Higuain’s keep running into the range.
Napoli forward Higuain still had bounty to do however skillfully coordinated a first time strike past Venezuela goalkeeper Dani Hernandez for a magnificent objective.
Argentina remained solidly in control yet were shocked in the 27th moment when Nicolas Gaitan grabbed an unnecessary yellow card for a kick on Alexander Gonzalez that will see him suspended for the semi-last.
Argentina’s strength unmistakably had Venezuela shaken, and the Vinotinto’s protective unease prompted the following objective.
A slack backpass from Arquimedes Figuera went straight to Higuain in space, and the striker coolly adjusted Hernandez to stroke home his second of the night to make it 2-0 following 29 minutes.
Be that as it may, exactly when it looked as though the conduits would open, Venezuela aroused amazingly and had Argentina shaking with a progression of shots.
West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon constrained a recovery from Sergio Romero and hit the woodwork with hardly a pause in between.
Romero was left scrambling to spare by and by just before half-time, when fullback Rolf Feltscher’s long-go shot redirected off Gabriel Mercado and circled up and over the Argentina guardian.
Venezuela hoped to have a reasonable case for a punishment when Higuain cut down Josef Martinez in the container yet Mexican official Roberto Garcia was unaffected.
Seconds after the fact however Garcia was indicating the spot after Romero cumbersomely packaged over Martinez for an unmistakable punishment.
However, Venezuela’s weight went unrewarded when Luis Manuel Seijas attempted an unsafe “Panenka” down the center which Romero read and accumulated effortlessly.
Venezuela were not able restore their time of weight in the second half, and Messi successfully put the challenge to bed with his record-equalling objective in the 60th moment, which came after Argentina squeezed high to constrain a turnover.
Gaitan won the tackle and went to Messi, who immediately played a one-two with the Benfica winger before jabbing his completion between Hernandez’s legs.
Rondon pulled an objective back with a header in the 70th moment, however Messi’s reaction was moment, threading a go to Lamela whose shot inched in at Hernandez’s close post.