Hat-trick hero Messi helps Argentina blank Panama 5-0

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Hat-trick hero Messi helps Argentina blank Panama 5-0

Posted on : Saturday 11th of June 2016

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A left-footed chip past Penedo on the goaltender's right side finished off Messi's fourth international hat trick, joining friendlies against Switzerland and Brazil in 2012, and Guatemala in 2013. It also ran Messi's total to 53 international goals, just three away from Gabriel Batistuta's Argentine record.

It was quite a return for Messi after he departed in the second half of a 1-0 victory against Honduras on May 27 with a back and rib injury. He also missed Argentina's 2-1 victory over Chile in the Copa opener, but manager Gerardo Martino said Thursday he was training with the team and was ready to go against Panama.

Nicolas Otamendi also scored on a header off a curving free kick by Angel Di Maria in the seventh minute, and Sergio Aguero made it 5-0 in the 90th minute.

A rare US appearance for Messi attracted a crowd of 53,885, easily cruising past the attendance of 39,642 for the United States' 4-0 victory against Costa Rica on Tuesday night. The fans chanted "Messi! Messi!" at a couple points in the first half and cheered loudly whenever he was shown on the videoboard.

 

In between a steady stream of first-half whistles and yellow cards, top-ranked Argentina showed off some of the fancy passing that makes it one of the favourites to take home South America's championship. Panama competed hard, but played with 10 men after Anibal Godoy received his second yellow in the 31st minute.

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