Argentina vs. Nicaragua - Football Match Report

Argentina vs. Nicaragua - Football Match Report

Star footballer Lionel Messi scored twice in Argentina's warm up game for Copa America against Nicaragua, on their way to a comprehensive 5-1 win on Friday in San Juan.

Messi gave the hosts the lead at Estadio Centenario in central-western Argentina by latching onto a Giovani Lo Celso pass and dancing around three defenders before coolly firing past Justo Lorente.

Aguero, earning his 90th cap, nearly slid in to break the deadlock before Messi wasted a golden chance in the 12th minute after receiving a lofted ball from Giovani Lo Celso, only to fail to make proper contact from close range.

That proved to be Messi and Aguero's final contributions, the pair making way for Paulo Dybala and Martinez. Roberto Pereyra tapped in the hosts' fifth goal following Rodrigo De Paul's run and cross from the left flank.

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Juan Barrera pulled a goal back for Nicaragua in stoppage time from the penalty spot, but it did nothing to dampen the mood in San Juan. Argentina's next match will be their Copa America opener against Colombia in Salvador on June 15.

Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing.

Argentina used the encounter to prepare for their campaign at the 2019 Copa America which is scheduled to hold in Brazil. Maxi Gomez and Federico Valverde were also on target for the Celeste. The Copa America will begin on June 14.

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