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Lionel Messi proves he’s just one of us after leaving Argentina game early

Argentina skipper was forced to watch from the stands with a hamstring injury but he would have been furious with his side

Lionel Messi stormed off after watching his dismal Argentina side battered by Spain.

The Barcelona ace had seen enough, heading for the exit door after Real Madrid’s Isco scored his hat-trick and Spain’s sixth of the night.

Lionel Messi was watching from the stands after injury ruled him out of the clash

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Lionel Messi was watching from the stands after injury ruled him out of the clash

Messi, who previously retired after their Copa America heartbreak, was forced to miss the match with a hamstring injury.

And the 30-year-old watched his World Cup hopefuls ruthlessly put to the sword by a scintillating Spanish performance.


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After being knocked out of the group stage in the last World Cup, the 2010 winners sent a strong message to their international rivals that they are back with a vengeance sparked by the sensational Isco.

The 25-year-old took advantage of some shocking defending to score a hat-trick – his first in Spanish colours.

Real Madrid ace Isco scored a hat-trick to sink Argentina

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Real Madrid ace Isco scored a hat-trick to sink Argentina

Diego Costa latched onto Asensio’s pass to fire Spain ahead

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Diego Costa latched onto Asensio’s pass to fire Spain ahead

But it was Diego Costa, playing at the familiar surroundings of Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium, who opened the scoring on 12 minutes.

The ex-Chelsea man would have done his hopes of leading the line in Russia no harm after latching onto Marco Asensio’s pass to put the home side ahead.


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But it came at a cost as he lay on the floor in agony before being subbed off with a suspected injury at half-time.

Isco then scored his first and Spain’s second when he was left with a simple finish following Asensio’s pass.

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Spain almost toyed with Argentina in a ruthless attacking display

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Spain almost toyed with Argentina in a ruthless attacking display

Nicolas Otamendi headed Argentina back into the game

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Nicolas Otamendi headed Argentina back into the game

Argentina were a shambles in defence and were punished by Spain

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Argentina were a shambles in defence and were punished by Spain

Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi then exposed Spain’s vulnerabilities in the air when he headed home from a corner.

But Spain’s majestic passing continued to slice the visitors wide open in the second half.

Spain fired a warning shot to their World Cup rivals

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Spain fired a warning shot to their World Cup rivals

Iago Aspas scored and assisted twice as Spain scored six

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Iago Aspas scored and assisted twice as Spain scored six

Isco’s second came from an instrumental pass from Andres Iniesta who found Iago Aspas and his pull back found the feet of the Real Madrid ace.

Three minutes later Thiago Alcantara made it four before ex-Liverpool man Aspas got on the scoresheet himself.

And on Sergio Ramos’ 150th cap for Spain, Isco finished the rout when he capitalised on more shocking Argentina defending.

Well, this is awkward…


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