Argentina humiliate Hong Kong

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After suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Brazil, Argentine bounced back in style against Hong Kong earlier today. 

Despite starting without star duo Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi, Gerardo Martino's side hit their opponents for seven as they proved too good for the footballing minnows. And we have all of Argentina's seven goals for you below. 

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Argentina: Guzman, Roncaglia, Otamendi, Vergini, Vangioni, Perez, Gago, Banega, Pastore, Higuain, Gaitan.

Hong Kong: Yapp, C. Lee, Agbo, Naegelein, Huang, Xu, W. Lee, Cheung, Chan, Karikari, Ju.


It took Argentina just 19 minutes to break the deadlock as Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega smashed the ball into the back of the net after Hong Kong failed to clear the danger. 


Despite Argentina absolutely dominating possession, it took them until the 42nd minute to double their lead as ex-Real Madrid man Gonzalo Higuain netted in style with a great header at the near post. 


Martino's side managed to put the game to bed just before half-time as Nicolas Gaitan managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a thunderbolt past Yapp between the sticks. 


Argentina didn't hang around after the break, either, as Higuain netted for the second time after some good build up play from Gaitan to make it 4-0 to the international giants. 


Lionel Messi's introduction to the game sent the crowd wild and it didn't take him long to make his mark as he scored Argentina's fifth of the game. And, unsurprisingly, it was a thing of beauty as the superstar lifted the ball over the desperate 'keeper. 


With just under 20 minutes to go, Martino sent on Manchester United's Angel di Maria and former Liverpool star Javier Mascherano to give them a late run out. And moments later Gaitan hit his second of the day after a fine bit of interchange involving Messi once again. The Benfica man had the easiest job in the world as he tapped home from two yards. 


And it was Messi who finished off victory in style as he produced a fine moment of individual brilliance as he hit his second of the game despite being surrounded by a number of Hong Kong players. 


All-in-all, it was a good run out for Martino's men who looked full of confidence after a damaging defeat to Brazil. They may not have been tested against their opponents, but the result won't do the likes of Gaitan and Higuain any harm as they filled their boots. 

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