Argentina was the first to enter the field as the world champion. This international friendly match against Panama was also of interest to Lionel Messi. Messi was standing in front of the milestone of 800 goals in his career. Messi performed great in such a match. In order to complete the milestone of the Argentina captain, Argentina also got a great victory.
Argentina won 2-0 against Panama in a friendly match at La Monumental in Buenos Aires this Friday morning (March 24). Direct contribution of Messi in both goals. Debutant Thiago Almadar scored the first goal after Messi’s free-kick hit the crossbar. Then Messi scored a great free-kick to give the team a 2-0 win.
Both goals came late in the match. However, Argentina played football poorly in the entire match. 74 percent possession of the ball, Argentina took 26 shots at the opponent’s goal. Panama, on the other hand, took two shots, none of which were on target.
Argentina could have scored in the 18th minute of the match. But the world champions were denied when Messi’s brilliant free-kick hit the bar. In the 44th minute, Enzo Fernandez’s shot was blocked by the opposing goalkeeper Jose Gera in exchange for a corner.
After the break, Argentina increased their attacking edge. But it was not possible to defeat Jose Guerra. The Panama goalkeeper frustrated Messi twice in the 50th and 52nd minutes. However, in the 78th minute, he could not keep Golbar intact.
When the free-kick taken by Messi returned to the post, the anointed Almadar grabbed the ball and scored from a difficult angle. A superb Messi scored the desired goal a minute before time. Messi made the 83,000 spectators in the stadium cheer by hooking the ball into the net with an eye-opening free-kick.
Messi’s total goals are 800 in club and international level of this goal. Among them, 99 international goals for Argentina. In other words, Messi has the chance to score a century at the international level.