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Hong Kong0Argentina7

Hong Kong 0-7 Argentina

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored seven goals in nine appearances for Barcelona this season

Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Hong Kong 7-0 in a friendly.

The Barcelona forward came on in the second half and grabbed Argentina's fifth and seventh goals, first clipping home and then rifling in a low effort.

Sevilla's Ever Banega had drilled in the opener before a Gonzalo Higuain header and Nicolas Gaitan drive gave the away side a 3-0 half-time lead.

Higuain got his second after the break, while Gaitan also tapped in for a brace in-between Messi's goals.

Argentina were playing their second game in the Far East, having lost 2-0 to rivals Brazil in the Superclasico de las Americas in Beijing on Saturday.

Coach Gerardo Martino opted to leave most of his first-choice players out of the starting line-up for the game at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Messi, Manchester United's Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City all started on the bench.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi signs the shirt of a supporter who ran on to the pitch at the Hong Kong Stadium
Lionel Messi scores twice as Argentina beat Hong Kong 7-0
Lionel Messi's two goals came after he missed a penalty against Brazil in a friendly on Saturday

Line-ups

Hong Kong

  • 1Yapp
  • 2LeeSubstituted forSealyat 45'minutes
  • 15Chan
  • 3Agbo
  • 13CheungSubstituted forKwokat 65'minutes
  • 8XuSubstituted forLamat 71'minutes
  • 23JuSubstituted forLeungat 60'minutes
  • 6HuangSubstituted forLoat 80'minutes
  • 5NägeleinBooked at 55mins
  • 9LeeSubstituted forAnnanat 45'minutes
  • 18Karikari

Substitutes

  • 4Leung
  • 10Lam
  • 11Annan
  • 12Lo
  • 14Sealy
  • 16Leung
  • 17Wong
  • 19Wang
  • 20Chan
  • 21Kwok
  • 22Lam
  • 24Chan

Argentina

  • 21GuzmánSubstituted forMarchesínat 45'minutes
  • 13RoncagliaSubstituted forZabaletaat 60'minutes
  • 2Vergini
  • 6Otamendi
  • 3Vangioni
  • 19Banega
  • 5GagoSubstituted forMascheranoat 73'minutes
  • 8PérezSubstituted forPereyraat 73'minutes
  • 20GaitánSubstituted forDi Maríaat 73'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 22PastoreSubstituted forMessiat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Romero
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 7Di María
  • 10Messi
  • 11Agüero
  • 12Marchesín
  • 14Mascherano
  • 15Demichelis
  • 16Rojo
  • 17Fernandez
  • 18Lamela
  • 23Pereyra
Referee:
Yuichi Nishimura

Match Stats

Home TeamHong KongAway TeamArgentina
Possession
Home20%
Away80%
Shots
Home2
Away22
Shots on Target
Home0
Away14
Corners
Home0
Away13
Fouls
Home4
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hong Kong 0, Argentina 7.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hong Kong 0, Argentina 7.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Éver Banega.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Argentina).

Offside, Argentina. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Éver Banega is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Éver Banega.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Kin Pong Kwok.

Offside, Hong Kong. Chun Pong Leung tries a through ball, but Andreas Nägelein is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Hong Kong 0, Argentina 7. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

Attempt blocked. Christian Annan (Hong Kong) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ka-Wai Lam.

Offside, Argentina. Nicolás Otamendi tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina).

Godfred Karikari (Hong Kong) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Hong Kong. Kwan-Yee Lo replaces Yang Huang.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Kin Pong Kwok.

Attempt missed. Godfred Karikari (Hong Kong) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Annan following a fast break.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Yang Huang.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Jack Sealy.

Offside, Hong Kong. Ka-Wai Lam tries a through ball, but Kin Pong Kwok is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Roberto Pereyra replaces Enzo Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Javier Mascherano replaces Fernando Gago.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Ángel Di María replaces Nicolás Gaitán.

Goal!

Goal! Hong Kong 0, Argentina 6. Nicolás Gaitán (Argentina) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Hong Kong. Ka-Wai Lam replaces Deshuai Xu.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Hung-Fai Yapp.

Attempt saved. Enzo Pérez (Argentina) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

Foul by Leonel Vangioni (Argentina).

Godfred Karikari (Hong Kong) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Hong Kong 0, Argentina 5. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Éver Banega with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Hong Kong. Kin Pong Kwok replaces Kin Fung Cheung.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Gago.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Andreas Nägelein.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Wai Ho Chan.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Pablo Zabaleta replaces Facundo Roncaglia.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Lionel Messi replaces Javier Pastore.

Substitution

Substitution, Hong Kong. Chun Pong Leung replaces Yingzhi Ju.

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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