Messi scored his staff’s fourth objective proper earlier than the break, having additionally arrange Julián Álvarez to open the scoring within the seventeenth minute. Angel di Maria scored twice in between.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made 4 adjustments at halftime however opted in opposition to resting his star participant, leaving Messi on for the total 90 minutes.
Messi has now scored 10 targets in his final 5 appearances for Argentina and took his total tally to 91 targets.
Inter Milan ahead Joaquín Correa scored the guests’ fifth objective on the hour mark.
Argentina begin their World Cup event in opposition to Saudi Arabia on November 22. Additionally they face Mexico and Poland in Group C.
“We’re assured,” midfielder Rodrigo De Paul mentioned. “However for a lot of it’ll their first World Cup so the primary recreation might be essential.”
FULLKRUG RESCUES GERMANY
Niclas Fullkrug scored on his Germany debut because the four-time World Cup champions earned a 1-0 win over Oman in Muscat.
It was removed from a convincing efficiency from Germany, which appeared vulnerable in defence and vulnerable to errors.
However Fullkrug’s introduction for the second half introduced a brand new dimension to an assault that had didn’t spark within the first half.
Youssoufa Moukoko struck the submit on his Germany debut proper earlier than the break, which as shut because the guests obtained within the first half.
The 17-year-old Moukoko was Germany’s youngest debutant since Uwe Seeler, who was youthful by 16 days in 1954.
Moukoko then made manner on the break for Füllkrug. The 29-year-old ahead virtually scored early within the second half solely to be denied by an excellent save from the spectacular Ibrahim Al-Mukhaini.
Germany remained weak on the again however Oman substitute Muhsen Al-Ghassani someway missed with the objective at his mercy within the 72nd.
The hosts have been to rue the miss when Kai Havertz arrange Füllkrug to attain what proved the winner within the eightieth.
Germany face Japan, Spain and Costa Rice in Group E.
LEWANDOWSKI LEFT OUT
Robert Lewandowski watched from the bench as Poland edged Chile 1-0 in a bruising encounter due to a late objective from Krzysztof Piatek in Warsaw.
Lewandowski did not play however will possible begin Poland’s tournament-opening recreation in opposition to Mexico on Nov. 22.
Mexico misplaced their last warm-up recreation 2-1 to Sweden in Girona, Spain.
CROATIA BEAT SAUDI ARABIA
Andrej Kramaric’s late objective was sufficient for Croatia to beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Riyadh.
Croatia star Luka Modric performed solely the final 25 minutes, sufficient to arrange Kramaric for the winner within the 82nd. Kramaric nonetheless needed to elude 5 Saudi defenders earlier than scoring his twentieth worldwide objective contained in the far submit.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic started with an unfamiliar lineup and progressively introduced on his established gamers. Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, Hoffenheim ahead Kramaric, Tottenham midfielder Ivan Perišic and Actual Madrid’s Modric all got here on within the second half.
Croatia are in Group F together with Belgium, Canada and Morocco.