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Messi Hits Hat-trick For Argentina In Friendly

Lionel Messi Hits Hat-trick For Argentina In Friendly

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 30, 2018 07:31 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi scored an impressive hat-trick in Argentina's 4-0 win over Haiti in a warm-up match on Wednesday morning ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Click through the gallery above to see some images from the game on Wednesday morning!

Jorge Sampaoli's side got off to a flying start in Buenos Aries, immediately taking the game to the Haitians with the likes of Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria in attack.

The Paris Saint-Germain star had a chance to put Argentina ahead seven minutes into the clash, but his effort from just inside the box was dragged wide.

Messi, who had linked up with Di Maria for the earlier effort, then got on the end of a fantastic long ball from Javier Mascherano just a minute later, but his attempted chip went straight into the hands of Haiti's Johny Placide.

Higuain had a chance with a header in the 11th minute, but his effort did not trouble the opposition goalkeeper. A minute later, Messi had another strike at goal, this time after leaving a number of players in his wake following a trademark run from midfield.

The deadlock was finally broken 17 minutes into the tie when the FC Barcelona superstar converted a penalty after PSG's Giovanni Lo Celso was fouled inside the area. The Albiceleste enjoyed most of the possession for the rest of the first half, but went into half-time with just the one-goal lead.  

Messi grabbed his second of the game in the 58th minute, when he was in position to tap in a rebound from Lo Celso's initial effort, a strike that put the home side 2-0 up.

Sampaoli then made some changes, introducing the likes of Sergio Aguero and Cristian Pavon, who got the assist for Messi's hat-trick goal 66 minutes into the clash. The winger beat a couple of players down the left wing and played the ball into the box, where the Barca talisman was on hand to finish.

Messi then turned provider in the 69th minute, finding Aguero with an intricate pass from outside Haiti's penalty area. After easily muscling off a defender, the Manchester City man calmly found the back of the net.

The rest of the game saw the hosts create plenty more chances, but the score eventually ended 4-0.


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Qhaf-Qhaf Joined: 20 Jul 2016
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Qhaf-Qhaf May 30, 2018 03:56 PM
Some bloggers are really stupid , Neymer didn't score against South African under-23 in the last under 23 World Cup Finals in Rio so does that mean Neymer
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Ndlula May 30, 2018 02:01 PM
King Messi
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 May 30, 2018 12:34 PM
@Special*00 At least u know Haiti what abwt Andorra that played against Portugal last year u know abwt it?
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Nick#10 May 30, 2018 12:26 PM
@TT Larry nd an assist my cow
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@ Tchillimbou 2-0 May 30, 2018 10:46 AM
What is Haiti hey you people he failed to score a single goal aginst Roma but today is a hero bcoz he scored a hatrick aginst a none existing country in football
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Special*00 Joined: 10 Jan 2016
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Special*00 May 30, 2018 10:12 AM
Haiti is knwn only 4 its huge earthquake nt its footballing skills...so its nt big enough to brag!!!
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 May 30, 2018 10:06 AM
I bet u,the way Nyauza had been scoring goals last season,he could have hit 5 against this Malala Pipes
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T T Larry Joined: 23 Sep 2015
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T T Larry May 30, 2018 10:04 AM
Lol 2 tapinns plus a penalty but they would claim he is better than the king
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sabza92 Joined: 03 Mar 2014
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sabza92 May 30, 2018 09:05 AM
King Messi
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elk baloyi May 30, 2018 08:54 AM
well done king leo
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slowpoison May 30, 2018 08:53 AM
Even King Gabuza was going 2 score double hat-trick against this fishermen from Haiti.
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lucky555 May 30, 2018 08:34 AM
@alizebucs1986 it's similar teams like Liechtenstein or Azerbaijan where Cr7 alwys scores hatricks against when meeting them
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pato May 30, 2018 08:33 AM
Hehehehehe mara Masesi is scoring against unknowns now....
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alizebucs1986 May 30, 2018 08:11 AM
Haiti what is that i have never heard of this things b4.

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