Lionel Messi was at his good finest as Argentina secured a 3-Zero win over Ecuador to arrange a Copa America semi-final in opposition to Colombia.
The 34-year-old supplied assists for Rodrigo de Paul and Lautaro Martinez earlier than discovering the online himself.
He curled in a fantastic thing about a free-kick in harm time after Piero Hincapie was despatched off for a foul on Angel di Maria.
Messi now has 76 objectives for Argentina, as they chase a primary Copa America success since 1993.
He’s now only one purpose off equalling Pele as the best scoring South American in worldwide soccer.
Talking after the match, Messi stated: “I’ve at all times stated that particular person prizes are secondary – we’re right here for one thing else.
“Now we have an goal and we’re centered on that.”
“It was a tough match. We all know how troublesome an opponent they are often. The vital factor is we’ve taken one other step ahead.”
Argentina will face Colombia within the semi-finals after they beat Uruguay 4-2 on penalties following a goalless draw.
Brazil and Peru will contest the opposite final 4 conflict.
Messi could also be flourishing on the worldwide stage however his membership state of affairs is but to be resolved, having change into a free agent earlier this week.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is predicted to signal a brand new contract to remain at Barcelona – the place he’s been since 2005 and gained each main honour – however an settlement has not but been reached.