Messi leads Argentina's win against Bolivia

Messi drives the ball during Argentina-Bolivia.

Messi drives the ball during Argentina-Bolivia.

Argentina, with a doublet of Lionel messi, made sure this Monday finish as leader of group A of America Cup after beat Bolivia 1-4 which ended without accumulating points. With this victory, Argentina reached the top with 10 points, followed by Uruguay with 7, Paraguay 6, Chile 5 and Bolivia bottom and without adding.

The Argentine goals were from Alejandro 'Papu' Gómez in minute 6, a brace by Messi in minute 33 and 42 and a last one by Lautaro Martínez in minute 65. Erwin Saavedra discounted for Bolivia in minute 60.

Despite dispensing with several of its starters for this game, Argentina dominated with possession of the ball and a dynamic game against a Bolivia already removed.

The first goal was the work of 'Papu' Gomez, that was implacable before the loss of Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe, after a quick qualification of Lionel Messi. After both, those led by Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni gave ground to Bolivia, whose approaches did not come to disturb the goalkeeper Franco Armani.

The second Argentine lunge came in minute 33 with a penalty well executed by Messi while the second in the personal account of the Spanish Barcelona star arrived nine minutes later with a definition over Lampe's body. At the end of the first half, Sergio Agüero missed two clear options to expand the account.

The second half began with Bolivia with a manifest intention of looking for the rival goal, something that had its prize in the 60th minute with a goal from Saavedra, his second in the Cup, thanks to a good overflow from Jeyson Chura who assisted him with the pass. However, five minutes later Martinez, who had jumped onto the field a few seconds before, scored the fourth goal for the Argentine festival.

La Albiceleste could expand on a couple of occasions if not for the Bolivian goalkeeper Lampe, who made up for the licenses given by his defense.


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