Argentina Thrashes Guatemala 4-1 in Commanding Victory, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez Each Score Twice

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Argentina delivered a commanding 4-1 victory over Guatemala, with Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez each netting twice. The match began unpredictably, as Guatemala took an early lead through an own goal by Nahuel Molina after Emiliano Martínez’s initial save. However, Messi capitalized on a goalkeeping error to equalize effortlessly, continuing his scoring streak against Guatemala with four goals on June 14.

Despite their dominant possession, Argentina faced a scare when Emiliano Martínez’s clearance almost led to another Guatemalan goal. A crucial moment came when Valentin Carboni was fouled in the penalty area, allowing Lautaro Martínez to convert the penalty and put Argentina ahead. Messi and Lautaro both hit the post, and Lisandro Martínez’s goal was ruled offside, maintaining the 2-1 scoreline into halftime.

Lionel Scaloni made strategic substitutions in the second half, bringing on Ángel Di María, Leandro Paredes, and Rodrigo De Paul to bolster Argentina’s play. The adjustments paid off as Messi set up Lautaro for his second goal, extending the lead to 3-1. Lautaro’s clinical finish marked his 24th goal for the national team. Further substitutions saw Julián Álvarez, Gonzalo Montiel, and Lucas Martínez Quarta join the fray.

Ángel Di María’s introduction proved pivotal as he orchestrated several attacking moves. His assist to Messi led to a delightful chip over the goalkeeper, sealing the 4-1 victory. With the friendlies concluded, Argentina now turns their attention to the 2024 Copa America, kicking off their campaign against Canada on Thursday.