Messi bags five in Argentina friendly win

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Lionel Messi has scored five goals for Argentina in a 5-0 international friendly rout of Estonia to extend their unbeaten run to 33 matches..

Messi scored twice in the first half on Sunday, including one penalty, and three times after the interval in Pamplona, Spain to reach 86 international goals. He moved past the 84 goals of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas to become the fourth-highest scorer for a national team in men's soccer.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list with 117 goals -- which included two in Portugal's 4-0 Nations League rout of Switzerland -- followed by Iran's Ali Daei with 109 and Mokhtar Dahari of Malaysia with 89.

Messi had never scored five times before for Argentina at senior level. He scored five goals in Barcelona colours in a 7-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2011-12 Champions League round of 16.

The 34-year-old had two assists last week when Argentina defeated Italy 3-0 in the first Finalissima meeting of the South American and European champions. He last year helped Argentina win the Copa America for his first major title with the national team.

In Kansas City, US forwards kept up their goal-scoring struggles and the Americans played a 0-0 draw against Uruguay in their second of four World Cup warmup matches this month.

The US took the field three hours after learning Wales would be their opening World Cup opponent in November, and the Americans stretched their home unbeaten streak to 25 matches since a September 2019 loss to Mexico. That's one shy of the team record set from 2013-15.

Elsewhere, Colombia defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Peru beat New Zealand by the same scoreline ahead of their respective World Cup play-off matches in Qatar next week.

The All Whites fell to a 69th-minute Gianluca Lapadula goal after an error from Kiwi goalkeeper Oli Sail. Peru could face the Socceroos for a place at the World Cup, if the Australian's can first see off the UAE on Tuesday (4am AEST Wednesday).

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