Lautaro Martinez scored 3 times as Argentina beat Mexico in San Antonio. Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Photographs

Lautaro Martinez scored a first-half hat trick as Argentina ran previous Mexico 4-Zero in a global pleasant on Tuesday in San Antonio.

Mexico got here into the Alamodome after beating the U.S. 3-Zero on Friday and using a 11-game profitable streak below supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino, however his former facet emphatically halted that with an offensive outburst from which El Tri in the end could not recuperate.

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Martinez, who performs for Inter Milan, time and again took good thing about sloppy Mexican protecting all over the primary half of. He slotted in his first within the 17th minute with a slick left-footed shot from simply throughout the field. He struck once more 5 mins upon getting at the back of Mexico’s line, and added his 3rd within the 39th minute after robbing the ball from Nestor Araujo.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Leandro Paredes scored Argentina’s different objective from the penalty spot within the 33rd minute.

Mexico fielded a robust beginning XI that featured Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and Napoli’s Hirving Lozano, however completed the evening with out registering a shot on objective till the 91st minute.

After the fit, Martino pleaded for extra video games shifting ahead in opposition to best degree opposition.

“I do not believe [the defeat] is our fact and I additionally do not assume that going 11 video games with out shedding used to be our fact,” mentioned Martino in a information convention after the sport. “It is the second one ‘A degree’ recreation we now have had. The primary used to be in opposition to Chile. And the really extensive distinction in opposition to Argentina and Chile is that this night we dedicated the sorts of mistakes by which we knew Argentina may just injury us.”

Martino added that Mexico wishes extra video games in opposition to global powers to check themselves incessantly in attempting stipulations

“What I additionally perceive is that in order that this is a studying revel in does not occur we need to play extra of a lot of these video games and get used to them,” he mentioned.

8 avid gamers have been proven yellow playing cards in a fit that hardly lived as much as its pleasant billing, however the recreation will probably be remembered in large part for the bright completing that introduced the 22-year-old Martinez his first world hat trick.

“I am extremely joyful and emotional,” Martinez mentioned. “One has to make a large number of sacrifices to get right here and it is not on a daily basis that you just rating 3 objectives dressed in this blouse.”

Martino lamented Mexico’s defensive mistakes, the loss of velocity within the build-up and now not with the ability to play throughout the strains, with Argentina trainer Lionel Scaloni bringing up the full-back space as key.

“The truth is that Mexico relies so much at the full-backs; they’re almost wingers,” mentioned Scaloni. “They at all times make a 3 as opposed to two with the wingers chopping inside of and if you happen to protect, they finally end up beating up. What we seemed to take action they misplaced self assurance is to win again the ball briefly and get the ball as much as the striker.”

ESPN FC’s Tom Marshall and Reuters contributed to this file.



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