U.S.A. fell to Argentina and will now play for third place
(June 21st, 2016) Gerardo Martino’s team beat host U.S.A. 4-0 in Houston and has once again cruised into the final match of the tournament, just like in the last edition. Lavezzi, Messi and Higuaín, with a brace, scored in the overwhelming victory.
At Houston’s NRG stadium, Argentina delivered an outstanding performance and with clear dominance defeated host United States team by 4-0, with goals of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lionel Messi and a brace of Gonzalo Higuaín. Argentina will now play the final match, just like in 2015, and is waiting for Chile or Colombia.
Martino’s men showed all their potential since the very beginning and got off to a quick start; in the third minute, Lionel Messi set up Lavezzi’s opening short header goal.
From then onwards, the match was in Argentina’s hands and dominated the game at the pace of their number 10, who in the 32nd minute scored an amazing goal making it 2-0. With a free kick, he aimed into the upper right corner and scored his 55th international goal, overcoming Gabriel Batistuta and becoming Argentina’s all-time leading scorer.
Just as it happened in the quarterfinal match against Venezuela, Martino’s number nine came alive during the second half. Gonzalo Higuaín scored a brace: first at the beginning of the second half, when he put the rebound of his initial shot past the goalkeeper, and then towards the end, when he scored off a Messi pass, who was the game’s absolute star.
The United States team, which had delivered a good performance until now, was downed by the South American team’s potential: it never managed a shot on goal for the entire game. Argentina, who has been on a winning streak since the start of the Copa América Centenario, and who is already a finalist, suffered Ezequiel Lavezzi’s dramatic injury, who broke his elbow as a result of his fall over a sideline barrier.
Argentina will now face the winner of Wednesday’s game between Colombia and Chile, at Chicago’s Soldier Field.