Argentina warmed up for the World Cup with a 5-0 hammering of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, as a brace from Angel Di Maria and objectives from Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi and Joaquin Correa prolonged their unbeaten run to 36 video games.
Roared on by the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium crowd, Argentina took the lead when Messi collected a move from Di Maria and located himself with the goalkeeper to beat, however unselfishly arrange Alvarez for his third worldwide purpose within the seventeenth minute.
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Di Maria doubled Argentina’s lead eight minutes later with an excellent volley, after Marcos Acuna crossed into the realm from the left, because the twice World Cup winners discovered their groove forward of the event, which begins in Qatar on Sunday.
The ahead, who overcame a hamstring damage final month to be named in supervisor Lionel Scaloni’s World Cup squad, struck within the thirty sixth as he dribbled previous a number of UAE defenders and slotted residence as Argentina put their opponents to the sword.
Messi joined within the enjoyable a minute earlier than halftime with a advantageous shot into the nook after a move from Di Maria whereas substitute Correa accomplished the rout following the break with a deflected purpose within the sixtieth minute.
Argentina, who will return to Qatar on Thursday, face Saudi Arabia of their opener on Nov. 22 earlier than matches in opposition to Mexico and Poland in Group C.