After their beautiful and wide victory against Italy on Wednesday evening in the Finalissima (3-0), Argentina this time had an appointment with Estonia for a friendly match at the Estadio El Sadar in Pamplona, usually hosting Spanish club Osasuna. On the Argentinian side, Lionel Scaloni aligned his star Lionel Messi from the start in his 4-3-1-2 but notably left Angel Di Maria or Paulo Dybala on the bench. Opposite, the Swiss Thomas Haberli left on a 5-3-2 with the duo Zenjov-Sorga in front. In a stadium slightly won over to their cause, the Argentines quickly confiscated the ball and Messi saw his first attempt, on a direct free kick, being repelled by the wall (5th). But a few moments later, the meeting was already rocking.
Mowed down by Igonen, the opposing goalkeeper, Pezzella obtained a penalty from the start of the game. Inevitably, Messi seized the ball and the Paris Saint-Germain player left Igonen on his support for the opener (9th, 1-0). Faced with a very solid Albiceleste in the midfield, especially with De Paul and Mac Allister, the Estonians had difficulty approaching the surface of Armani, who had a more than quiet start to the match. On the other side of the field, Mac Allister could just try his luck but his shot finally fled the frame (16th). In his role as number 10, Messi could pick him up well to organize his team’s game between the lines, but the opposing block was generally in place. Failing to be dangerous, Estonia then tried to go deep towards their number 10 Zenjov, in vain.
Messi in a very very big night
From outside the area, Alvarez tried to deceive the vigilance of Igonen but the latter was not worried (24th). And on the following action, Armani truly saved Argentina by winning his duel with Zengov, perfectly launched in the back of the defense (25th). Messi and his partners were clearly pushing for the goal of the break and after a one-two, the PSG star did not frame his rolled up ball (38th). Molina’s powerful shot was deflected (40th). But the deadline was only delayed. After excellent work from De Paul, Papu Gomez weaned Messi magnificently in the box, which finished the job on the left, in the top corner (45th, 2-0). So cruel for Estonia who conceded a new goal before the break… and another just after!
Quintuplet from Messi 🇦🇷! 😱#ARGEST
— Foot Mercato (@footmercato) June 5, 2022
On a sublime cross in one touch from Molina, Messi appeared in front of his opponent to score this time with the right foot and therefore sign a hat-trick (48th, 3-0). Lionel Scaloni’s team was on fire at the start of the second act and De Paul, with a well-crossed strike, narrowly missed his team’s fourth goal (52nd). But after a series of changes on each side, the nets were still shaking. And it was always the same, Messi, who scored by taking advantage of an incredible misunderstanding in the opposing defense for his fourth goal (71st, 4-0). The Argentine number 10 thus signed the first quadruple of his selection career, just that! But Messi wanted even more. On the following action, number 30 of PSG sent the ball into the back of the net for the fifth time of the evening (76th, 5-0)… Thanks to a stratospheric Messi, Argentina therefore won easily in this friendly game. And the performance of the Argentinian will inevitably make a lot of people react.