In an international friendly on Wednesday afternoon (or evening, depending which continent you were watching from), Alejandro Sabella’s Argentina took on Switzerland in Berne and after a performance that was neither stunning nor poor from the team as a whole, Lionel Messi shone. He scored his first hat trick for his country, including two late goals (the third a penalty) after Switzerland had levelled the game through Xerdan Shaqiri early in the second half. His first and second ones were just lovely. You can see all of them right here.
International friendly, Weds 29th February 2012: Switzerland 1 – 3 Argentina
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