Messi gave an assist and scored twice in Albiceleste’s rout; Papu Gómez and Lautaro Martínez scored the other goals

CHICO FERREIRA/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENTMessi and Papu Gómez celebrate goal

A Argentina finished the group stage of America Cup unbeaten, with three wins and one draw, and 10 points won. On the night of Monday, 28, Albiceleste faced the Bolivia at Arena Pantanal and won 3-0, goals from Papu Gómez e Lionel Messi. The result pits Argentina against Ecuador in the quarterfinals. The clash will be next Saturday, the 3rd, at the Olímpico Stadium in Goiás. Bolivia lost all matches and was eliminated. Argentina was superior throughout the game. The goal came early, after just six minutes, with Papu Gómez receiving a beautiful pass from Messi and hitting the back of the net.

On minute 30, Bejarano knocked Papu down in the penalty area and the referee awarded a penalty. Messi went for the kick and converted, making it 2-0. Still in the first half, at 42 minutes, the shirt 10 hit goalkeeper Lampe from cover and made the third. In the second half, Bolivia sketched a reaction. At 15 minutes, Saavedra decreased the score after Justiniano’s pass, but it didn’t take long for Argentina to score again. At 20, Lautaro Martinez took advantage of the ball and pushed into the goal, making it 4-1.

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