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Messi overtakes Pele with Argentina defeating Bolivia

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Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday, putting Lionel Messi past Pele as South America’s best international scorer with 79 goals.

In Buenos Aires, Messi scored the game’s first goal after moving around the Bolivian defense and putting the ball into the net from just beyond the box after 14 minutes.

He made it 2-0 in the 64th minute following a one-two with Lautaro Martinez and demonstrating excellent technique in a crowded penalty box, and he completed his hat-trick with two minutes remaining, smashing home a rebound from close range.

His sixth hat-trick for the national team came with goals 77, 78, and 79, putting him two goals ahead of Pele in the South American scoring statistics. “I was nervous, but I wanted to enjoy it,” she added “Messi stated his opinion. “I’d been waiting for this for a long time, and I’d even dreamed about it. It’s a one-of-a-kind moment because of how it came about after such a long wait.”

Messi wept as he collected the Copa America trophy at the Monumental stadium on a night when Argentine supporters were allowed to witness their national team for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Argentina won the Copa America in July, their first major win in 28 years, and Messi performed a dance with his teammates while displaying the trophy to the 21,000 fans in attendance.

He said, “There was no greater way to celebrate than by being here.” “My mother is in the audience, and my siblings are in the stands. They’ve been through so much, and now they’re here to celebrate. “I am overjoyed.”

Argentina is in second place in the 10-team qualifying group for Qatar 2022, trailing only Brazil. The top four teams qualify outright, while the fifth-placed club is forced to compete in an interregional playoff. Miguel Borja scored two goals in two minutes to lead Colombia to a 3-1 victory over Chile in Barranquilla earlier on Thursday.

After 19 minutes, he scored from the penalty spot, and a minute later, he went through on goal to sneak the ball under the keeper and make it 2-0.

Chile’s Jean Meneses equalized in the 56th minute, but Colombia’s two-goal lead was restored by Luis Dias with 16 minutes remaining.

Colombia is tied for fifth place in the qualifying table with Ecuador, which is fourth, and Chile is ninth.

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