Messi leads Argentina to victory over Honduras in Miami

Miami: Lionel Messi scored two goals and Argentina dominated the game with Honduras by winning 3-0 in a friendly last night in Miami as the World Cup team continues to develop their technique in view of the tournament in Qatar. Messi has been at the center of the event since the start of the whistle, moving on to Papu Gomez, who found colleague Lautaro Martinez to open the scoring in advance. And 35-year-old Messi suffered a foul inside thearea penalty in the 39th minute from Honduran player Debbie Flores, who received a yellow card. Messi’s colleagues immediately intervened in front of the Honduran players and the players exchanged words, but without a clash between them. The Argentine captain continued in field. And towards the end of the first half, Argentine Marcelo Santos blocked Giovanni Lo Cielo, so Messi calmly took a penalty awarded by the referee, bringing the score to 2-0. Argentina continued to perform well in the second half, extending their unbeaten run to 34 games. Enzo Fernandez snatched the ball in the 69th minute and sent a perfect pass to Messi, who threw over the goalkeeper’s head to delight the fans at Hard Rock Stadium. Argentina continued to entertain the fans when Messi tried to throw a ball in the final minutes of the match, but he got away from goal. Argentina will play another friendly against Jamaica next Tuesday in New Jersey. Argentina, two-time world champion, is among the favorite for the victory of the World Cup in Qatar. On November 22, he will play the first match of the group stage against Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)