Messi-less Argentina smash six past Singapore

Dhaka,  Mon,  26 June 2017
Published : 14 Jun 2017, 21:44:14
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Messi-less Argentina smash six past Singapore

SINGAPORE, June 14 (AFP): Argentina shrugged off Lionel Messi's controversial absence by thumping six goals past minnows Singapore in a one-sided friendly on Tuesday.

Messi's pre-game departure -- reportedly to prepare for his wedding -- prompted grumbles among fans but Argentina were not short of firepower as six different players found the net.

Defender Federico Fazio and Carlos Correa scored in the first half before Alejandro Gomez, Leandro Paredes, Lucas Alario and Angel di Maria poured on the goals in the second half.

Coach Jorge Sampaoli said the display, on top of last week's 1-0 friendly win against Brazil in Melbourne, gave him hope for Argentina's World Cup qualifying campaign.
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