Copa America: Messi Breaks All-time Argentina Record With Dazzling Copa America Display


Copa America: Messi Breaks All-time Argentina Record With Dazzling Copa America Display

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Lionel Messi celebrated his record 148th international cap with two goals and an assist as Argentina trounced Bolivia 4-1 to clinch top spot in Copa America Group A on Monday.

Messi who had equalled Javier Mascherano’s Argentinian caps record of 147 last week marked his 148th appearance in style, setting up the opening goal before bagging a brace of his own.

The victory at Cuiaba’s Arena Pantanal stadium sees Argentina advance to a quarter-final on Saturday against Ecuador, the fourth placed finishers from Group B.

An Edinson Cavani penalty sealed a 1-0 win for Uruguay against neighbours Paraguay, setting up a quarter-final tie against Colombia.

Despite the narrow scoreline, it was a dominant performance from Uruguay, who had the vast majority of chances but struggled to break down Paraguay’s stubborn defence in the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The best early chances fell to Giorgian de Arrascaeta, before Nahitan Nndez was bundled over in the box for an 18th minute penalty, dispatched by Cavani.

Uruguay will play Colombia in Brasilia in the last eight on Saturday. Host nation Brazil will take on Chile in Rio on Friday, while Paraguay play Peru in Goiania the same day.

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