Doubles from Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Ezequiel Lavezzi, along with a debut goal from Angel Correa, handed Argentina a 7-0 victory over Bolivia in Houston on Saturday.
Lavezzi opened the scoring in the sixth minute as he latched on to Aguero’s through ball and drilled his effort low past Daniel Vaca.
Argentina continued to dominate but had to wait until the 33rd minute for their second as Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra played a neat ball into the path of Aguero and the Manchester City striker neatly lofted his strike over Vaca.
Aguero and Lavezzi combined once again for Argentina’s third as the City forward weighted the ball into the path of the Paris Saint-Germain striker, who swept his shot under Vaca.
The pair combined to full effect for a third time for Argentina’s fourth after the break. Lavezzi crossed low from the right into the box and Aguero, aware of the Bolivia goalkeeper rushing out, delicately chipped the ball into the net.
Lionel Messi was introduced in the 65th minute and the Barcelona star was on the scoresheet less than 120 later. Milton Casco crossed from the edge of Bolivia’s box and Messi rose above his market to head low past Vaca.
Aguero registered his third assist of the evening to set up Messi’s second. The City striker played another fine through ball to split the Bolivian centre-backs and the Barcelona forward darted through before rounding Vaca.
Argentina signed off their comfortable win in style as two debutants combined for the seventh goal. Matías Kranevitter slid the ball through into the path of Angel Correa and the Atletico Madrid striker cooly struck the ball first time into the corner of the net.