Seattle: Erik Lamela and Ezequiel Lavezzi scored dual mins detached early in a initial half, Victor Cuesta scored his initial general idea after in a half and Argentina dominated Bolivia 3-0 on Tuesday night to win Group D of a Copa America.
Argentina star Lionel Messi subbed on during a commencement of a second half for his many endless diversion movement given Barcelona flog Sevilla 2-0 to win a Copa del Rey on 22 May.
In a time since, Messi suffered a behind injury, testified in his taxation rascal conference in Spain and scored a shawl pretence off a dais in a 5-0 win over Panama final week.
But a goals came from his teammates as Argentina — a usually organisation in a contest to win all 3 organisation games — clinched a matchup with Venezuela in a quarterfinals.
Argentina is in hunt of a initial vital general championship given winning a Copa America in 1993.
Bolivia final flog Argentina in 2009, though that feat came during 12,000 feet during home in La Paz. At sea turn in Seattle, a Bolivians stood no chance.
The closest Messi came to anticipating a net was a giveaway flog from 30 yards early in a second half that teased a distant post though didn’t twist enough. Bolivia’s Diego Bejarano was Messi’s shadow, ignoring anyone else in white with a round and focusing usually on No 10.
Messi’s best impulse came in a 77th notation when he was flagged for offside, though continued a play prolonged adequate to nutmeg Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe as he dribbled around a chastisement area.
Bolivia played with a defensive viewpoint all night, though it hold for all of 13 mins until Lamela’s giveaway flog deflected off a behind of Yasmani Duk and left Lampe relocating a wrong instruction as a shot found a net.
Two mins later, Gonzalo Higuain headed down a cranky that was saved by Lampe, though destined right to Lavezzi who battered a lax round into a goal.
And Argentina capped a widespread initial half when Lavezzi picked adult an support as his cranky on subsequent was redirected by Cuesta’s toe for his initial general goal.
Bolivia didn’t even try to play possession, simply clearing balls out of a possess finish anytime a pass transient Argentina’s feet. Argentina had 81 percent of a possession in a initial half and a usually time goalkeeper Sergio Ramos was asked to even pierce was on a few giveaway kicks Bolivia lofted into a chastisement box.
Argentina finished 357 passes in a initial half; Bolivia finished 38.
And all that prevalence came with Messi relaxing on a bench, conference his name chanting by a throng via a initial half as they energetically expected a possibility to see a best actor of this era entrance off a noted haven opening usually a few days progressing opposite Panama.