Estonia endured a difficult build-up for their crucial UEFA Nations League clash against Malta on Thursday as Lionel Messi scored all the goals in Argentina’s 5-0 friendly win in Pamplona, Spain on Sunday.
Messi joins a select club comprising only Juan Andres Marvezy and Manuel Moreno to score five in a game for Argentina.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or scored from the spot in the eighth minute, then added four more in the space of half an hour (45, 47, 71 and 76 minutes).
His quintet extended his record tally of goals for his country to 86.
Lionel Scaloni’s side are unbeaten in 33 matches, the last loss a 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America.
At the World Cup finals in Qatar later this year Argentina are drawn with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
Estonia will surely look to put this match firmly behind them ahead of their clash against Malta at the National Stadium on Thursday.
The clash between Estonia and Malta is likely to play a big part in who will win promotion from the UEFA Nations League Group D2 after both teams emerged victorious from their opener against San Marino with an identical 2-0 scoreline and are sharing top spot in the group.
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