Messi .. Scores two goals in the international match 148
Lionel Messi passed compatriot Javier Mascherano and became Argentina’s most capped player, scoring two goals in a 4-1 win over Bolivia on Monday evening to set his country on a date with Ecuador in the Copa America quarter-finals. Messi starred in his 148th international match with Argentina and passed a superb ball to Alejandro Gomez, who opened the scoring for Argentina with a direct shot in the fifth minute. Barcelona’s historic scorer added the second goal from a penalty kick in the 32nd minute, before making the score 3-0 after receiving a pass from Sergio Aguero and hitting a higher ball than goalkeeper Carlos Lambi, according to Reuters. Bolivia has lost its last 11 Copa America matches, and its suffering has increased due to the frequent loss of the ball in the middle of its court. But Bolivia improved after the break, and surprised Argentina by reducing the difference through Erwin Saavedra, after he met a cross and hit hard to make the score 3-1. But the faint hopes of a comeback quickly faded when Lautaro Martinez, who took part in Aguero’s place, restored the three-goal difference and scored Argentina’s fourth goal after five minutes. With this double, Messi raised his score to 75 goals with Argentina, and he could have strengthened his record had it not been for the intervention of goalkeeper Lampi on more than one occasion. Argentina maintained its unbeaten record in 17 consecutive matches, a series that began after losing to Brazil in the semi-finals of the last Copa America. “We are in good shape with reaching the quarter-finals. The team knows how to play and what it wants. We are improving and now we are in the best part,” said Argentina midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso, who participated in the second half. The result means that Argentina will face Ecuador in the quarter-finals on Saturday, while Uruguay, who beat Paraguay 1-0 on Monday, will play Colombia on the same day. Hosts Brazil meet Chile in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, while Paraguay plays Peru on the same day.