HOUSTON (AP) — Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain.
The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina’s career scoring record and assisted on the final goal in a 4-0 rout of the U.S. on Tuesday night that put the La Albiceleste into the Copa America final.READ MORE: New York Relaxes Most COVID Restrictions After Reaching 70% Vaccination Rate: 'A Momentous Day'
After Messi doubled the lead in the 32nd minute with his 55th international goal, his tournament-leading fifth, Gonzalo Higuain quickly ended U.S. comeback hopes when he put the rebound of his initial shot past goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 50th. Higuain scored off a Messi pass in the 86th.READ MORE: Will The Ford Maverick Be A Game-Changer In The Auto Industry?
Argentina will seek its first major title since the 1993 Copa _ and its first since Messi’s debut in 2005 _ when it plays Chile or Colombia on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.MORE NEWS: Retired Hackensack Fire Department Lt. Timothy Rice Laid To Rest, Remembered As 'A Fireman's Fireman'
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