5-0 defeat of Panama, with Lionel Messi marking his return to action by scoring three of the goals. Nicolas Otamendi headed La Albiceleste into an early lead, though it was not untilLa Pulga rose from the bench to register his second-half hat-trick that they pulled clear.Sergio Aguero completed the scoring in the closing seconds.
Argentina were two goals to the good against Panama when Lionel Messi, who already had one goal to his name, lined up a free-kick just outside the Canalera box with 11 minutes remaining. The Albiceleste No10 then proceeded to flight the ball over the wall set by Jaime Penedo and into the top-left hand corner of the net, past the keeper’s despairing full-length dive. Marking his return to the side in the best possible style, La Pulga left the pitch with the matchball in his hands, after completing a hat-trick to move to within one goal of Argentina’s all-time leading marksman, Gabriel Batistuta. (10 JUN 2016)