Lautaro Martinez was “happy and excited” after scoring a hat-trick for Argentina in an impressive friendly win over Mexico on Tuesday.
Martinez struck a first-half hat-trick in Texas as Lionel Scaloni’s men ended Mexico’s unbeaten record under Gerardo Martino with a 4-0 victory.
Inter forward Martinez, who impressed at the Copa America earlier this year, dominated, producing three clinical finishes for his first international hat-trick.
Martinez, 22, was delighted with his performance as he moved onto nine goals for Argentina in 13 appearances.
“I am happy and excited,” he said, via the team’s Twitter account.
“There is a lot of sacrifice that one makes to be here and not every day three goals are made with this shirt.”
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) September 11, 2019
While scoring three times, Martinez also helped Argentina win a penalty that was converted by Leandro Paredes in a ruthless opening 45 minutes.
The former Racing Club forward paid tribute to his team-mates after his match-winning hat-trick.
“It is very difficult to get here and stay. There are very good players,” Martinez said.
“I am very happy and grateful to my team-mates and the coaching staff. We train to give joy to the national team. Hopefully we continue along this path.”
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