Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Argentina edged Brazil in a heated friendly match. The match, which saw seven goals scored between the two sides, ended with Argentina’s Levezzi and Brazil’s Marcelo both being sent off.
Both players were involved in a scuffle as Levezzi kicked his counterpart while Marcelo hit the Argentine in the face. The poor sportsmanship late did distract from what was a great match and showcase for the world’s best player (Messi).
The first two goals from Messi were built on speed as he ran behind the defense and calmly beat the goalkeeper. His third was likely the best as he dribbled towards the 18 yard box and then curled a great shot just below the left corner. The goal also put Argentina up 4-3 after Federico Fernandez had leveled things.
After Argentina built a 2-1 lead at halftime, Brazil had goals from Oscar and Hulk to lead 3-2 in the 72nd minute. The Argentina squad is their full national team while the Brazil team is mostly younger players likely to be selected for the 2012 Olympics.
Argentina will play in World Cup Qualifying in September while Brazil continues preparations for London 2012.
Goals (including penalty kick chances)
Lionel Messi (31′)
Borges Romulo (23′)
Lionel Messi (34′)
dos Santos Oscar (56′)
Federico Fernandez (76′)
Lionel Messi (85′)
Argentina - Romero; Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Clemente (Campagnero 88′); Sosa (Guinazu 61′), Mascherano, Gago, Di Maria (Aguero 74′); Messi, Higuain (Lavezzi 88′)
Brazil - Rafael C.; Bruno Uvini, Juan, Marcelo, Rafael (Danilo 79′); Sandro, Rômulo (Casemiro 74′), Oscár (Guiliano 59′); Hulk (Lucas 83′), Neymar, L. Damião (Pato 68′)
Venue - MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
Assistant 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant 2: Frank Anderson (USA)
Fourth official: Terry Vaughn (USA)
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