Argentina 3 Costa Rica 1 highlights No Messi argentina cruise win

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By Godwithus Ayodele 2 Min Read

Argentina 3 Costa Rica 1 highlights No Messi argentina cruise win

Argentina dominated proceedings from the first whistle against Costa Rica in this friendly match played in Los Angeles. In a completely one-sided first half, Argentina peppered the Costa Rican goal with numerous attempts, but found goalkeeper Keylor Navas in inspired form as he made multiple excellent saves to keep the score 0-0. Against the run of play, Costa Rica took a shock 1-0 lead by capitalizing on a rare counter-attack just before halftime.

Argentina 3 Costa Rica 1 highlights No Messi argentina cruise win

After the break, Argentina’s superiority finally paid off. Through intricate combination play around the box, especially down the right side led by Molina, they created numerous opportunities. Argentina equalized in the 56th minute, before taking a 2-1 lead in the 76th minute through a smart Lautaro Martínez finish. Five minutes later, De Paul capped the 3-1 scoreline by firing home from the edge of the area.

Argentina 3 Costa Rica 1 highlights No Messi argentina cruise win

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Argentina enjoyed a whopping 72% possession and outshot Costa Rica 22-5. The referee showed two yellow cards – one to each side. Argentina earned 9 corners to Costa Rica’s 2, and had 3 offside calls compared to 1 for their opponents. While Costa Rica got an early goal, Argentina was utterly dominant, deservedly winning 3-1 through their control of the game.

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