Messi brings up 50 as Argentina down Bolivia
Lionel Messi scored his 50th international goal as Argentina defeated Bolivia 2-0 to advance their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.
Barcelona superstar Messi emphatically netted a 30th- minute penalty yesterday at the Estadio Mario Kempes in Cordoba as Argentina wrapped up their third consecutive qualifying victory. Messi’s spot-kick followed defender Gabriel Mercado putting Argentina ahead after 20 minutes with his second goal in as many games.
The victory cements Argentina’s place in the automatic qualification berths of South America’s round-robin competition with 11 points from six games. Messi’s penalty makes him only the second player in Argentinian history to reach a half century of goals for the two-time World Cup winners.