FT: Argentina 3:0 Jamaica; Watch full world cup friendlies highlights as Lionel Messi score brilliant free kick and Long range goal in football history
Lionel Messi scored two goals from the bench as Argentina extended their unbeaten streak to 35 matches over three years by beating Jamaica 3-0 on Tuesday night in a penultimate World Cup warmup match in Harrison, New Jersey.
Julian Alvarez put Argentina ahead in the 13th minute, while Messi came off the bench in the 55th and increased his career total to 90 goals in 164 international appearances with his two strikes.
The match ended 3 goals to nothing in favour of Argentina againt Jamaica with Lionel Messi having a brace goal from the bench
Argentina 1:0 Jamaica; First Argentina goal by Martinez
Lionel Messi first goal
At 86′ Goal, goal, goal for Argentina! Messi took the ball, drove and sent a lethal shot to increase the lead.
Lionel Messi second goal from brilliant spot kick
At 89’Goal, goal, goal for Argentina! Messi comes up again and scores from a free kick. Brave goal for Lionel Messi
Argentina 3:0 Jamaica full match highlights
The six-time world player of the year, three months past his 35th birthday, scored on a 23-yard left-footed shot in the 86th minute after nice interplay with Giovani Lo Celso, then got another on a free kick three minutes later when he was fouled by Adrian Mariappa just outside the penalty area.
Messi was twice approached by fans running onto the field. The first in the 65th minute was quickly knocked over and surrounded by security when he neared Messi, and the second after the PSG striker scored his first goal with security again responding.
Messi scored four goals in Argentina’s two World Cup warmups this month, giving him 16 for his career on U.S. soil.
Fans erupted in applause less than a minute into the second half when Messi walked with teammates to a corner and started to warm up and the crowd stood and roared when he entered for Lautaro Martínez and took the captain’s armband from Angel Di Maria.
Messi, who won his first senior title for Argentina at last year’s Copa America, energized Argentina in the second half and forced Jamaica keeper Andre Blake to make a pair of diving saves.