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This perfect goal by Lionel Messi put Argentina solidly ahead of the USA men’s soccer team

Jun 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi (10) scores a goal on a free kick during the first half against the United States in the semifinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario soccer tournament at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Perfection.
  • Kevin J. Delaney
By Kevin J. Delaney

Founding editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Update: Argentina beat the US 4-0 and will go on to play in the Copa America final on Sunday, June 26.

Early in the second half of their Copa America match, Argentina is leading the US men’s national soccer team 3-0. The second of those goals was a free kick by Lionel Messi that sailed above the US defenders’ heads and into an upper corner of the goal.

It was as perfectly executed a shot as is possible. And with that goal, Messi became Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer.

Team USA did not distinguish itself offensively in the first half.

The winner of this match plays in the Sunday (June 26)  final against Chile or Colombia.

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