Messi scores twice in Argentina win over Honduras


Messi is Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer with 88 goals in 163 appearances

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

The 35-year-old was at the centre of the action for the opener, lobbing the ball over the defence to Papu Gomez, who gifted Lautaro Martinez a tap-in.

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

The Paris St-Germain forward added a third with a superb chip over the keeper’s head after a defensive mix-up.

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

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

Line-ups

Argentina

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Rulli
  • 21Molina
  • 6PezzellaSubstituted forPérezat 65′minutes
  • 2Martínez
  • 3Tagliafico
  • 7de PaulSubstituted forMac Allisterat 72′minutes
  • 5ParedesSubstituted forFernándezat 64′minutes
  • 20Lo CelsoSubstituted forCorreaat 72′minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 22MartínezSubstituted forÁlvarezat 45′minutes
  • 17GómezSubstituted forAlmadaat 54′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Armani
  • 4Montiel
  • 8Almada
  • 9Álvarez
  • 11Di María
  • 13Pérez
  • 14Fernández
  • 15Mac Allister
  • 16Correa
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 19Medina
  • 23Martínez

Honduras

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22López
  • 2SantosBooked at 43mins
  • 15Maldonado
  • 3Meléndez
  • 19ElvirSubstituted forFloresat 82′minutes
  • 5ArriagaSubstituted forMejíaat 76′minutes
  • 20FloresBooked at 40mins
  • 16CastellanosSubstituted forRosalesat 76′minutes
  • 14NajarSubstituted forSolanoat 62′minutes
  • 12QuiotoSubstituted forRóchezat 82′minutes
  • 11RivasSubstituted forPalmaat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Menjívar
  • 4Montes
  • 6Rosales
  • 7Solano
  • 8Mejía
  • 9Zúñiga
  • 10Benavídez
  • 13Mejía
  • 17Palma
  • 18Núñez
  • 21Róchez
  • 23Flores

Referee:
Rubiel Vazquez

Attendance:
64,420

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