Argentina played its first match since winning the World Cup, facing Panama in a friendly in Buenos Aires. It was a continuation of the great celebrations from the home team. Captain Lionel Messi surpassed a major milestone and even signed autographs for the opposition players.
While the European Championship qualifiers are in full swing in Europe, South America is now playing primarily friendlies. The reigning world champions Argentina played one on Thursday night.
However, the spectacular celebrations continued in front of the packed stands of the Estadio Monumental. Captain Lionel Messi once again showed the fans the most valuable trophy he has won in his career and, along with his teammates, received a well-deserved ovation.
What about the match? One big show from the world champions. Panama did their best, but they simply couldn’t keep up with Argentina, who are in a complete slump, and lost much more narrowly than they could have.
The Argentines scored only two goals and won 2:0, but they had almost 30 shots in total, of which 9 were on target and 8 were blocked by Panama.
Two goals were scored in the second half by midfielder Thiago Almada and captain Messi, and Messi’s goal in particular was worth it. For several reasons.
Messi scored with a beautiful shot from a direct kick. His goal came in the 89th minute and was the 800th goal of his career. And in his first game for Argentina after leading them to the World Cup title.
Moreover, Messi is also a big personality in Panama, as the players of that country confirmed after the match. As soon as the referee blew the whistle and signalled the end of the match, the Panamanian players wanted to take pictures with the Argentine idol.
One of them even came up to Messi with a marker and had him sign his jersey. In short, another great night for the Argentine hero.
Source: Twitter, Transfermarkt
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