Argentina 6-1 Paraguay: La Albiceleste thump Los Guaraníes to set up blockbuster final vs Chile


Argentina didn’t need any help in getting to the Copa America final, and Lionel Messi didn’t even need to score to move 90 minutes closer to his dream of a tournament championship.

Messi did have three assists, and Angel Di Maria scored twice as La Albiceleste thrashed Paraguay in a 6-1 semifinal win, serving notice to hosts Chile. The two rivals will meet in the final on July 4 in Santiago.

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Marcos Rojo, Javier Pastore and Sergio Aguero also scored for Argentina, while Lucas Barrios netted a stunning long-range shot before halftime to give Paraguay brief hope, down 2-1 at the break.

Di Maria’s Manchester United teammate Rojo started the scoring just 14 minutes into the match, three minutes after receiving one of three early yellow cards dealt out in a testy affair.

Paraguay barely lost the shots battle, 15-14, but that mattered not against the playmaking Argentine side.