Argentina beat Jamaica 3-0 in an international friendly at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on Tuesday night. The goals were scored by Julian Alvarez and Lionel Messi (twice).
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Coach Lionel Scaloni chose to bench Messi. The coach changed formation and fielded an attack formed by Di Maria, Lautaro Martínez and Julian Alvarez.
Argentina dominated from the opening whistle. The first goal was scored by Julian Alvarez in the 13th minute. The Manchester City forward capitalized on Lautaro’s low cross from the left.
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Even after the goal, “Scaloneta” continued to attack and press the Jamaican team, who had little possession of the ball. Argentina controlled practically all the action in the match and had a lot of game size.
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In the ninth minute of the second half, Scaloni encouraged the entry of Lionel Messi, who came on for Lautaro. Shirt 10 was cheered by the stadium crowd every time he touched the ball.
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At the end of the match, in the 40th minute, Messi held on after receiving it on the edge of the area with a half-moon high. The pass ended in a corner, leaving the opposition goalkeeper with no chance. Don’t stop there. Messi left another one after a beautiful low free kick, giving the friendly in the USA the final tally.