Messi-less Argentina massacred at Wanda Metropolitano


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Argentina got run over by Spain 6-1 in a Pre-world Cup friendly played Tuesday at the Wanda Metropolitano Spain. The defeat put fears over the South American giant’s World Cup quest in spite of it being a friendly encounter.

Argentina struggled to qualify for the World Cup and qualified automatically only after beating Ecuador in the last round of qualifying matches, thanks to Lionel Messi’s brilliance.

Messi on Tuesday was however missing in action due to a hamstring injury, and Jorge Sampaoli’s men had to face the 2010 World Cup winners who play ruthless attacking football.

It took the Spaniards 12 minutes to announce themselves as Atletico Madrid’s striker Diego Costa put La Roja ahead in a ground he is so familiar with thanks to an Alonso assist.

Alonso became the provider again as Isco doubled the host’s lead in the 27th minute. Manchester City’s defender, Nicholas Otamendi pulled one back for the Albiceleste in the 39th minute. Isco who was on fire and added one to his tally in the 52nd minute, three minutes before FC Bayern Munich’s midfielder, Thiago Alacantara worsened the situation for the South Americans.

Aspas also scored for Lopetegui’s men as Isco’s first professional hattrick came in 74th minute strike.

The South American side had previously suffered such a bruising defeat when they lost 6-1 at the hands of Czechoslovakia at the 1958 World Cup and Bolivia during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

The defeat leaves Argentina with a lot of work to do, especially in defense.

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