Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain, as Argentina beat Jurgen Klinsmann&...
Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain, as Argentina beat Jurgen Klinsmann's team 4-0 to reach the Copa America final.
The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi's opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina's career scoring record and assisted on the final goal Tuesday night.
After Messi doubled the lead in the 32nd minute with his 55th international goal, his tournament-leading fifth, Gonzalo Higuain quickly ended U.S. comeback hopes when he put the rebound of his initial shot past goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 50th minute. Higuain scored from a Messi pass in the 86th minute as well.
Argentina will seek a first major title since the 1993 Copa -- and a first since Messi's debut in 2005 -- when they play Chile or Colombia on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
|Messi scored a superb free kick to become Argentina's all time leading goal scorer with 55 goals|
The team might be missing Lavezzi, who fell backward over an advertising sign board and appeared to land hard on his left arm at about the 60th minute. Lavezzi was able to get up several minutes later and left on a cart.
Messi has helped Barcelona win eight titles in Spain's La Liga and four in the Champions League, but his Argentina trophies have been limited to the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship for players under 20 and the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, mostly for players under 23. La Albiceleste lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and to Chile in last year's Copa America final.
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