Messi warms up for World Cup with hat-trick against Haiti
Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi warmed up for next month's FIFA World Cup with a hat-trick as he inspired Argentina to a morale-boosting 4-0 win over Haiti in a pre-tournament friendly here.
Messi scored a quickfire second-half double (58th and 68th minutes) to add to a first-half (17th minute) penalty, before setting up substitute Sergio Aguero (69th) as Jorge Sampaoli's side hammered the Caribbean minnows in their final phase of preparations for the showpiece event. With this hat-trick, the FC Barcelona talisman took his international tally to 64 goals in 124 appearances.
The Albicelestes, who are two-time world champions, had struggled throughout the qualifying campaign but the thoroughly dominating
display here should boost
their confidence even though the win came against a side that has not qualified for the World Cup.
Haiti could not even register a shot at the goal in the whole match. It was a night of celebration for another Barcelona star as Javier Mascherano joined Javier Zanetti as Argentina's most capped player with 143 international appearances.
"I have no doubt that we are going to grow, we have time, this team is going to take shape".