Argentina thrashed Chile 4-1 in the first game of the qualifying phase for the World Cup in Brazil 2014. Messi scored, two and a half years after his last international goal, and Higuain got a hat trick.
If Xavi Hernandez masterfully led Spain to victory against the Czech Republic (2-0), Leo Messi
confirmed his role as leader of Argentina in the match against Chile, the first of the qualifiers
for the World Cup in Brazil 2014, played at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.
Messi, who played the whole 90 minutes, led the Argentine attack, and scored again after a
drought of 16 games. Argentina thrashed Chile 4-1, the highlight of the game being the Higuain hat
trick that confirmed his current great form.
Messi and Higuain seal the win in the first half
The attacking threesome of Messi, Higuain, and Di Maria, destroyed the Chilean
defense. Very early on, in the 7th minute, a combination between the 2 Real Madrid players ended up
with the first goal from Higuain. Messi, playing just behind the front two, masterfully led the
In the 25th minute, Messi finished off a pass from Higuain, to make it 2-0, putting an end to
a two and a half year scoring drought with the national team. Chile, without Barça’s Alexis,
were uncertain in defence, and their attack failed to take advantage of Argentina’s slack
Three more goals in the second half
The tone was the same in the second half. In minute 52, a half turn and shot by Higuain made
it 3-0, making victory certain. Chile pulled one back with a goal from Mati Fernandez, but once
again the lethal tandem of Messi and Higuain came onto the scene, and Higuain scored from a Messi
pass to make it 4-1.
Adriano, a starter in Brazil's win against Costa Rica (1-0)
The Barça player Adriano Correia started the match in Brazil's friendly against Costa Rica,
played in the National Stadium in San Jose. The Barcelona full-back played the whole 90 minutes,
whilst Dani Alves, who came on after 55 minutes, was instrumental in Brazil’s winning goal.
His centre was finished off by Neymar for the only goal of the game. Ex Barça player, Ronaldinho,
started the game and took most of the plaudits of the local fans.