Wednesday, 22 June 2016

SPORTS :--Magical Messi breaks record at ongoing Copa America 2016

Magical Messi breaks record at
ongoing Copa America 2016


– Lionel Messi is now Argentina’s
record goal scorer of all time with 55
goals for the national team
– The Barcelona star scored a free-kick
as Argentina beat USA to reach the
final of the 2016 Copa America
– Argentina will play either Colombia or
reigning champions Chile in what could
be a repeat of last year’s final
Lionel Messi became his country’s leading scorer as
Argentina defeated hosts USA 4 – 0 to book a place
in the final of the 2016 Copa America tournament.
Lionel Messi and Argentina dominated Tuesday’s Copa
America semifinal.
The Barcelona attacker scored a superb free-kick to
surpass Gabriel Batistuta’s 54-goal tally with a
25-yard strike.
Messi provided the assist for Ezequiel Lavezzi’s
opener, then scored his stunner before Napoli’s
Gonzalo Higuain fired in to make it 3-0.
Higuain scored with a tap-in in the 85th minute to
complete the rout with Messi grabbing the assist.
“I am happy to have surpassed Batistuta’s
record and I want to thank my team-
mates, it’s theirs as well,” said Messi, who
turns 29 on Friday.
Argentina will play either Colombia or reigning
champions Chile, who meet in Chicago on
Wednesday.
A fan ran up to the pitch before the start of the
second half to bow to a Messi
Recall that Messi equalled Batistuta’s record in the
quarter-final which was through a freekick as
Argentina defeated Venezuela 4 – 1 to reach the
semi’s.
The Barcelona forward also created goals for
Gonzalo Higuain, who scored twice, and Erik Lamela
to set up a last-four meeting with hosts USA.