CUIABÁ (EFE) – With a double from Lionel Messi, Argentina beat Bolivia 1-4 and was ratified in the first place of Group A of the Copa América in a match of the fifth and last day of that area that was played in the Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiabá.
With this result, the Albiceleste will face Ecuador on July 3 in the quarterfinals at the Pedro Ludovico Olympic Stadium in Goiania.
In the 6th minute, Argentine captain Lionel Messi assisted Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez, who was unmarked inside the area to beat goalkeeper Carlos Lampe with a left foot without dropping the ball and put the 0-1 on the scoreboard .
At 31, Diego Bejarano committed a foul and the Colombian referee Andrés Rojas sanctioned a penalty that Messi was in charge of changing for goal in the 33rd minute.
Messi followed long, with a great assist from Sergio ‘el Kun’ Agüero, when in the 42nd minute he scored the third of the game and second on his personal account when he chipped the ball over goalkeeper Lampe.
Bolivia discounted through Erwin Saavedra at 60 for 1-3. But Lautaro Martínez scored the fourth Argentine goal in the 65th minute.
Argentina finished as the leader with 10 points in the Group A classification, while La Verde, eliminated from the previous day, closed bottom and went without points in this 47th edition of the tournament.