Martinez scores hattrick as Argentina hammer Mexico 4-0

  • Martinez scores hattrick as Argentina hammer Mexico 4-0

Martinez scores hattrick as Argentina hammer Mexico 4-0

Neymar of Brazil reacts after stumbling during their global friendly match against Peru at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Lautaro Martinez fired a 22-minute hat-trick as Argentina thrashed Mexico 4-0 in a friendly worldwide in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Abram nipped in ahead of goalkeeper Ederson to nod home a free kick with six minutes remaining to end Brazil's 17-match unbeaten run that began after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Although the Selecao arguably had the better chances against Peru, whom they beat in the final of the 2019 Copa America, it was not to be for Tite's men in the early hours of Wednesday.

Even the second half introduction of Neymar and attackers Vinicius Junior, Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Henrique, could not lift Brazil, who lost to Peru for just the fifth time in 46 games.

"We knew that if we recovered the ball, we would have to get it quickly to the striker".

Inter Milan striker Martinez scored in the 17th, 22nd and 39th minutes at the Alamodome to give Argentina a deserved win over a lacklustre Mexico team.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes converted from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute to extend the Albiceleste's lead, while Martinez completed his hat-trick six minutes before the break.

Martinez, who has been impressive earlier in the Copa America too produced three absolutely clinical finishes to bag home his first worldwide hat-trick.

"There is a lot of sacrifices that one makes to be here and not every day three goals are made with this shirt".

Mexico arrives highly motivated for the match after defeating their ultimate rivals, the USMNT on Friday with a 3-0 score to leave no doubt as to who the CONCACAF giant is.