Argentina dominated right from the beginning and created plenty of openings throughout the match. The first goal did not take much time at all as Alejandro Gomez volleyed in a wonderful chipped pass from Lionel Messi in the 6th minute to give Argentina the lead.
Lionel Messi soon got on the scoresheet himself as he converted a penalty in the 32nd minute. Messi was not done in the first half and soon made it 3-0 with a clever finish in the 42nd minute to give Argentina a commanding 3-0 lead heading into half time.
Argentina, in fact, could have had even more if Sergio Aguero had been clinical with his finishing in the first half. Bolivia scored a consolation goal through Erwin Saavedra in the 60th minute, but Lautaro Martinez soon restored the 3-goal cushion in the 65th minute with an easy tap-in.
Both Argentina and Brazil finished top off their respective groups and are unbeaten in the tournament so far with 10 points in their 4 group stage matches. With Lionel Messi and Neymar in fine form for their respective countries, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top at Copa America 2021.
Speaking to the media after the match, Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni spoke about giving his entire squad opportunities to play. Scaloni said:
“The players who had fewer minutes deserved this opportunity because the level is very even.
“I would like them to play more than 11 because most deserve to play; the boys who had not been playing showed that they could be.”
Scaloni also spoke about Ecuador and said that Argentina have the utmost respect for their Copa America 2021 quarterfinals opponents:
“We have the utmost respect for Ecuador. They have proven to be a good, young, and dynamic team.”
Argentina put on a show on a record-breaking night for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar became the most capped player for Argentina with 148 caps crossing the mark previously held by Javier Mascherano.
Argentina are peaking at just the right moment and Lionel Messi will be determined to lead Argentina to their first Copa America title since 1993. Without further ado, let us take a look at the:
Best Tweets from Bolivia 1-4 Argentina
Mess is copa Americas top scorer with 3 goals while having most assist with 2— Baggio 🇮🇶🇦🇷 (@BaggioM10) June 29, 2021
Leading Argentina to top the group and head to quarter finals 🔥🐐 pic.twitter.com/PeAxvtsTMS
The Argentina v Brazil final is taking shape. pic.twitter.com/uyTa9rQhzb— total Barça (@totalBarca) June 29, 2021
Leo #Messi for the National Team:— ◉FAYIZJØ (@FayizjO) June 29, 2021
🔹Most Appearances: 148
🔸Most Goals: 75
🔹Most Goals in Official Comps: 41
🔸Most Goals in Playoffs: 23
🔹Most Assists: 44
Lionel Messi IS Argentina 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/pPnlMgsSS2
It was another record breaking night for Lionel Messi
Look how perfect Messi passed that man, not too high or too low, just perfect. pic.twitter.com/YDkj8dZegU— Amr 🇪🇬 (@AmrFootball) June 29, 2021