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Argentina smash six past Singapore

Argentina shrugged off Lionel Messi’s absence by thumping six goals past minnows Singapore in a one-sided friendly on Tuesday morning. Messi’s pre-game departure — reportedly to prepare for his wedding in Rosario — prompted grumbles among fans but Argentina were not short of firepower as six different players found the net. Defender Federico Fazio and Joaquín Correa scored in the first half before Alejandro Gómez, Leandro Paredes, Lucas Alario and Ángel Di María poured on the goals in the second half.

Coach Jorge Sampaoli said the display, on top of last week’s 1-0 friendly win against Brazil in Melbourne, gave him hope for Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaign. The two-time world champions lie fifth in the South American group, outside the automatic qualifying spots with games against Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador to come.

Argentina were in control from the outset but it took until the 24th minute before Fazio flicked in a header from a corner. The Albiceleste grabbed their second five minutes later, with Sevilla striker Joaquín Correa tapping in at the near post. Argentina cut loose after the hour-mark, scoring their last four goals. — Herald with AFP

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