His two goals secured Argentina their top spot in Group A. They will face Ecuador in the quarter finals on Saturday. Messi made his debut for Argentina in 2005 against Hungary. In this friendly match, he was sent off in the middle for elbowing an opponent.
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Messi, who plays for Barcelona, currently has 75 international goals to his name and is close to breaking the South American record. Pele scored 77 goals for Brazil and currently tops the South American list. Not only that, Messi can also equal the record of playing the most matches in the Copa America. Messi has played 31 matches so far, while the record is held by Chile’s Sergio Livingstone (34 matches).
Brazil will face Chile if Uruguay wins
Uruguay beat Paraguay 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals after finishing second in Group A of the Copa America football tournament. With this result, Chile will now face defending champions and hosts Brazil in the next leg. Edinson Cavani scored from the penalty spot in the 21st minute which was the only goal of the match. If Uruguay lost this match, they would have faced Brazil. Paraguay have already qualified for the knockouts. In Monday’s other match, Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Bolivia 4-1. Papu Gomez scored the first goal for Argentina in the sixth minute.
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Messi converted a penalty in the 33rd minute and then scored a beautiful field goal in the 42nd minute. Irvin Saavedra scored for Bolivia in the 60th minute, but Lautaro Martinez scored in the 65th minute to give Argentina a three-goal lead again. Brazil and Chile and Paraguay and Peru will meet in the quarter-finals on Friday. The winners of these two matches will meet in the semi-finals. On Saturday, Argentina will face Ecuador and Uruguay will face Colombia. The winners of these matches will face each other in the semi-finals. undefined
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First Published: June 29, 2021, 11:50 IST