01 March 2012

[Selection; Friendly Match] Switzerland 1 - 3 Argentina

Leo Messi led his Argentina in the country’s first friendly of 2012. It was a good opportunity to test the South American side ahead of the Brazil World Cup 2014 qualifiers. The Argentine star, once again, took a step forward and showed the world his superb footballing qualities. This was Messi’s first hat-trick for Argentina.

The first goal came on 19 minutes, after a good combination play with Agüero, the other two came at the end of the match. On 88 minutes, the Barça star won the ball back and skipped past his mark before firing Argentina ahead (2-1), the third was scored on 93 minutes, from the penalty spot. With these 3 goals, Barça’s playmaker takes his tally to 22 goals in 68 matches for Argentina.

Javier Mascherano also played the whole match. He played in the middle of the pitch and directed his team’s play. The Azulgrana was sure and calm in his return to the position he grew accustomed to in Liverpool. (via FCBarcelona.com)