Lionel Messi brought up his half-century of international goals for Argentina as he inspired an easy 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia in Cordoba.
The 28-year-old's 29th-minute penalty took him to just six behind leading scorer Gabriel Batistuta's tally of 54 and on this evidence it will only be a matter of time before he breaks the record.
Messi had a hand in Gabriel Mercado's opener as well as Argentina coasted to a third successive qualifying win, which should have been by a far greater...
Bolivia head coach Julio Cesar Baldivieso has said his side have no plans to man-mark Argentina captain Lionel Messi.
Argentina host Bolivia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday following a 2-1 win over Chile last Thursday.
Barcelona star Messi is set to Argentina's main attacking danger but -- with other stars such as Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain in the squad -- Bolivia will not make any specifics plans for the 28-year-old.
"There won't be special marking on Messi," Baldivieso,...
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez denied that he cried with joy after Edwin Cardona's stoppage-time goal to give Colombia a 3-2 win over Bolivia in World Cup qualifying on Thursday, but admitted he was close to tears.
The 24-year-old said that it was an emotional moment after seeing his team's two-goal advantage disappear when Bolivia scored two second-half goals to tie the match.
"I was really tired and that 2-2 was very fair," Rodriguez told ESPN. "But when Edwin scored the goal, well it...