Martinez scores hat-trick as Argentina hammer Mexico 4-0

Ruben Hill
September 12, 2019

Lautaro Martinez netted a 22-minute hat-trick as Argentina blitzed Mexico 4-0 in a friendly win in San Antonio yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Brazil, who beat Peru in the final of the Copa America just two months ago, started without Neymar, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva, all of whom were rested, and they looked like they missed their stalwarts.

Abram nipped in ahead of goalkeeper Ederson to nod home a free kick with six minutes remaining to end Brazil's 17-match unbeaten run that began after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We knew that if we recovered the ball, we would have to get it quickly to the striker". 'It's a learning process and we'll grow from this, defeats happen and we need to take what we can from it'.

Argentina capitalized on Mexico giveaways in the midfield and largely disorganized and stunted Mexico at every turn, allowing Martinez to pounce for goals in the 17th, 22nd and 39th minutes.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes converted from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute to extend the Albiceleste's lead, while Martinez completed his hat-trick six minutes before the break.

"I'm delighted and emotional", said Martinez who now has nine worldwide goals in 13 appearances.

And the Seleccion got their noses in front in the 17th minute through Inter Milan striker Lautaro as he wriggled his way past three defenders to score his side's opening goal.

Lionel Scaloni was delighted with the application of his Argentina side against Mexico, claiming they played "a flawless game" in a 4-0 victory.

Mexico has overcome all obstacles that have been thrown in their way since Gerardo Martino took charge of the team, and they want to keep the pace; however, they will go against one of their most complicated rivals, the fist big test for El Tri since the arrival of the Argentine coach to the bench.

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