Unstoppable Lionel Messi has scored two goals as their unbeaten streak has reached 35 matches after a 3-0 win over Jamaica on Tuesday at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, as Messi came off the bench to score two goals and send the pro-Argentina crowd home happy.
The 35-year-old superstar didn’t start the match with reports that he was feeling under the weather earlier in the day, but he subbed on with about 30 minutes remaining and he brought a spark to a match that desperately needed one.
Both of Messi’s goals were solo efforts. The first was a left-footed shot from outside the box which was strong enough to get past experienced Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake.
Just two minutes later Messi beat Blake again with another hard, low shot on a set piece, which he also earned himself. Jamaica were hanging around, and Argentina center-backs Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi stayed busy chasing West Ham’s Michail Antonio and Spartak Moscow’s Shamar Nicholson.
Then Messi entered the match and changed the game with a handful of brilliant moments. Messi was also the focus of three different field invasions by fans with security needing to intervene each time.