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Messi and Suarez score in Copa America warm-ups

Argentina and Lionel Messi take on Nicaragua in an international friendly on Friday AP Argentina and Lionel Messi take on Nicaragua in an international friendly on Friday
Noah Ferguson | 11 June, 2019, 20:53

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the first goal against Nicaragua June 7, 2019.

Lionel Messi was the star of the show as Argentina beat Nicaragua in style ahead of the Copa America.

Messi himself was Argentina's main hero on the game, scoring a quick-fire brace that gave his team a solid lead in the first-half before Lautaro Martinez added two more goals followed by Roberto Pereyra who scored their fifth of the day.

Messi has already lost three World Cup finals before this and the last time Argentina won this competition, Messi was just six years old.

However, Argentina will hope that Messi is in full flow in the Copa America to help the South Americans win the coveted title.

Martinez came off the bench to grab a brace of his own as Argentina romped to victory at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan.

Aguero, earning his 90th cap, nearly slid in to break the deadlock before Messi wasted a golden chance in the 12th minute after receiving a lofted ball from Giovani Lo Celso, only to fail to make proper contact from close range.

Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well taken efforts on 63 and 72 minutes.

Juan Barrera pulled a goal back for Nicaragua in stoppage time from the penalty spot, but it did nothing to dampen the mood in San Juan.

Argentina play Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.

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