Copa America: Lionel Messi stars in record-breaking appearance for Argentina

He also became Argentina's most capped international player

Lionel Messi celebrated his record 148th international cap with two goals as Argentina defeated Bolivia in the ongoing Copa America at the Arena Pantanal on Monday.

He also became Argentina's most capped international player on Monday as this was his 148th appearance for Argentina. He surpassed the mark previously held by retired defender Javier Mascherano.

Messi scored two goals as Argentina defeated Bolivia 4-1 to finish at the top of Group A with 10 points from four games. The side will now lock horns against Ecuador in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Messi broke Argentina's record for most national team caps. Messi went past Javier Mascherano to achieve the feat. In the game. Messi scored two goals in the 33rd and 42nd minutes respectively.

Alejandro Dario Gomez had opened the scoring for Argentina as he can achieve the goal the 6th minute.

Bolivia did manage to score one goal in the 60th minute as Erwin Saavedra got the better of Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani.

Lautaro Martinez scored the final goal for Argentina in the 65th minute and in the end, Argentina walked away with a 4-1 victory.

In Monday's other Group A game, Uruguay sealed second place after put down Paraguay 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro. Paraguay finished third and will now play with Peru on Friday. Chile, who finished fourth in Group A, face against hosts Brazil on Friday.


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