It was the world’s game of futbol at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night between 14 time COPA America and two time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina and Bolivia that ended with an American football score. The 7-0 win by the Argentines took some of the sting from the 2014 World Cup departure forced about by Bolivia in the round of 16.
Lionel Messi, arguably the world’s greatest player did not start for Bolivia but entered in the 65th minute with the sky blue and white comfortably ahead. It didn’t take long for Barcelona goal scorer to leave his mark in Houston. With 104 caps, the most in Argentina history, the team’s second leading scorer moved a little bit close to Gabriel Batistuta’s record setting 56. Messi’s header in the 67th minute gave him 47 goals and eight minutes later he notched number 48. Batistuta set his mark of 56 goals in 78 games.
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The game was never in doubt as Argentina was on the board five minutes into the game. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero who notched a brace along with Messi and Ezequiel Lavezzi assisted on the game’s first goal. Aguero ifted a ball over the Bolivian defense that Lavezzi put away and Argentina never looked back. Lavezzi finished off his brace in the 41st minute. The Paris St-Germain forward would assist Arguero’s second goal in the 59th minute.
Argentina led 3-0 at the break. Aguero netted his first in the 33rd past Bolivian keeper Daniel De Vaca. A quick give and go with Robert Pereyra on a half cleared ball set up Aguero’s score.
Then it was Messi’s turn before Angel Correa subbing in for Lavezzi fin the 81st minute found the back of the net in the 84th. The Atletico Madrid forward delivered a one time from the edge of the box after Matias Kranevitter found him on a perfect through ball from midfield.
Argentina won for the 25th time in 36 meetings with Bolivia. The 7-0 win matched a similar feat by the Argentinians on December 4, 1947. It was the fourth time Argentina has scored seven goals against Bolivia. Argentina has now scored 13 consecutive goals dating backing to March 26, 2013.
Argentina continues its USA tour with a friendly in Dallas on September 8th in Dallas against Mexico. The Tuesday night match is set for a 9PM kick-off.