2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Lionel Messi scores his first goal against Bolivia. © AFP
Lionel Messi was in his own class during Argentina’s 0-0 win over Bolivia on Thursday (local time) at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires. The Argentine captain scored all three of his team’s goals in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and opened the scoring with a great effort in the 1st minute. Getting the ball about y0 yards away from the opponent’s goal, the keeper was behind the year-old goalkeeper Carlos Lamp. Slamming past players in his usual style, he easily gave defender Lewis Hawkins a nutmeg and then opened a stunning shot with his left foot, which gave the goalkeeper no chance.
He then kissed the Argentine logo on his jersey, ran to the corner flag and went to celebrate with teammates.
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The Paris Saint-Germain striker exchanged a quick pass with Lautaro Martinez in the th minute to score his second goal and then dribble the defender to Lampeke again.
He then completed a hat-trick in the hat minute, scoring through a rebound.
Messi has become the highest international goal scorer in South America, surpassing Pel. The Brazilian legend has scored goals in his international career.
Argentina are currently second in the CONMEBOL table in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with 18 points from eight matches. The site, managed by Lionel Scaloni, has five wins and three draws.
Brazil tops the table with 24 points from eight matches. Uruguay, meanwhile, are third with 15 points from nine matches. Ecuador is in the fourth position with 1 point in nine matches.
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