Argentina 3-0 Honduras: Messi scores twice as Argentina extend unbeaten run

Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Hector Castellanos of Honduras
Messi is Argentina’s all-time top scorer with 88 goals in 163 appearances

Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Honduras to extend their unbeaten run to 34 games.

The 35-year-old was at the heart of the action for the first goal, slotting the ball over the defense to Papu Gomez, who gifted Lautaro Martinez a tap-in.

Messi doubled Argentina’s tally with a coolly taken penalty.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward added a third with a superb chip over the goalkeeper’s head following a defensive mix-up.

Two-time World Cup champions Argentina, who are among the favorites for this year’s tournament, begin their campaign in Qatar against Saudi Arabia on November 22.

They play Jamaica on Wednesday in their final match before the tournament.

Lining up

Argentina

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Roller
  • 21Molina
  • 6PezelaSubstituted forPerezin the 65′minutes
  • 2Martinez
  • 3Taliafiko
  • 7de PaulSubstituted forMcAllisterin the 72′minutes
  • 5ParadesSubstituted forFernandezin the 64′minutes
  • 20Lo CelsoSubstituted forKoreain the 72′minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 22MartinezSubstituted forAlvarezin the 45′minutes
  • 17GomezSubstituted forAlmadain the 54′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Armani
  • 4Model
  • 8Almada
  • 9Alvarez
  • 11Di Maria
  • 13Perez
  • 14Fernandez
  • 15McAllister
  • 16Korea
  • 18Rodriguez
  • 19Medina
  • 23Martinez

Honduras

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22López
  • 2SantosReservation at 43 minutes
  • 15Maldonado
  • 3Melendez
  • 19ElvirSubstituted forFlowersin the 82′minutes
  • 5ArriagaSubstituted forMejiain the 76′minutes
  • 20FlowersBook in 40 minutes
  • 16CastellanosSubstituted forRosalesin the 76′minutes
  • 14NajjarSubstituted forSolanoin the 62′minutes
  • 12KyotoSubstituted forRóchezin the 82′minutes
  • 11RivasSubstituted forPalmin the 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Menjivar
  • 4Montes
  • 6Rosales
  • 7Solano
  • 8Mejia
  • 9Zuniga
  • 10Benavidez
  • 13Mejia
  • 17Palm
  • 18Núñez
  • 21Róchez
  • 23Flowers

Referee:
Rubiel Vasquez

Presence:
64,420

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