Paris Saint-Germain ace Argentina defeated Honduras 3-0 to extend their unbeaten streak to 34 games as Lionel Messi scored twice.
Lautaro Martinez started the opener for Argentina after Messi lobbed a pass to the charging Papu Gomez, who found Martinez for an early 1-0 advantage.
Messi, 35, was fouled severely in the 39th minute when Honduran Deybi Flores smashed into him, putting him face down on the turf and earning him a yellow card.
Messi’s teammates quickly got in the faces of Honduras players, and the teams exchanged words but did not engage in physical contact. Argentina’s captain stayed in the game.
Near the end of the half, Argentina’s Giovani Lo Celso was fouled, and Messi calmly tapped home the penalty for a 2-0 lead.
Argentina kept the throttle on in the second half, extending their unbeaten streak to 34 games.
In the 69th minute, Enzo Fernandez snatched the ball and it fell perfectly to Messi, who chipped it over the goalkeeper’s head to the joy of the partisan fans at Hard Rock Stadium.
To continue putting on a show for his fans, Messi attempted a difficult leaping shot in the last minutes of the game, but it went wide. Nonetheless, the audience applauded.
Argentina will play Jamaica in another friendly on Tuesday in New Jersey as part of their preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.