Lionel Messi has scored a hat-trick to give Argentina a 3-0 win over Bolivia. Also, this match was in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. After this hatrick, Messi has moved him above Pele as South America’s top male scorer with 79 goals.
Messi got the opener after 14 minutes in Buenos Aires. He just has danced around the Bolivian defense before curling the ball into the net. Also, the shot has taken from just outside the box.
He made it 2-0 in the 64th minute after working a one-two with Lautaro Martinez. In that goal, he has displayed superb footwork in a packed penalty box. Also, we witnessed a fitness dribble and fake shot move there. Then completed the hat-trick with two minutes left, crashing home a rebound from close range.
His 77th, 78th, and 79th goals marked his seventh hat-trick for the national side and took him two above Pele in the South American scoring charts.
Messi surpassed Pele:
Argentina is second behind Brazil in the 10-team qualifying group for Qatar in 2022. The top four teams qualify automatically. Also, the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.
Earlier on Thursday, Miguel Borja scored two goals in two minutes to put Colombia on their way to a 3-1 victory over Chile in Barranquilla.
He got the first from the penalty spot after 19 minutes and then ran through on goal a minute later to slip the ball under the keeper and make it 2-0.
Jean Meneses pulled one back for Chile in the 56th minute but Luis Dias restored Colombia’s two-goal lead with 16 minutes left.
Colombia is fifth in the qualifying table, tied on points with fourth-placed Ecuador, while Chile is eighth.
Also, after winning Copa America, this is the first time Messi and Argentina have played in their home. So, after the end of the match, for the second time, Messi has lifted the trophy. He was in tears with his team.