The curtain came down on the 2011-12 season for Argentina’s Europe-based players today, when they took on Brazil (or rather more accurately, Brazil’s likely Olympic Football Tournament team) in a friendly at New Meadowlands in New Jersey. The match was a veritable goalfest, and ended 4-3 to Argentina with Lionel Messi thoroughly overshadowing opposing forward Neymar, and finishing with his second Argentina hat trick, the second and third goals of which were just lovely. Federico Fernández scored Argentina’s third, whilst for Brazil the goalscorers were Romulo, Oscar and Hulk. You can watch all seven right here.
International friendly: Brazil 3 – 4 Argentina
This was Messi’s second international hat trick (the first was last year against Switzerland), and the first hat trick by an Argentine against Brazil since San Lorenzo legend José Sanfilippo scored three in a 4-1 win in the 1959 Campeonato Sudamericano in Ecuador (the competition now known as the Copa América). Alejandro Sabella’s Argentina still have a lot of improving to do, but having scored eight goals in their last two matches, there’s some hope that those who complain they don’t attack enough might shut up for a little while, at least.
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