Lionel Messi (10) celebrates his goal with Angel Correa (16) in front of Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Second-half substitute Lionel Messi – yes, Messi as a substitute – did some major damage for the Argentina men’s national team on Tuesday night.
Messi, who reportedly was suffering flu-like symptoms beforehand, scored twice to power Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Jamaica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
The win extended Argentina’s unbeaten streak to 35 games and gave the superstar two consecutive braces, having done the same in a 3-0 triumph over Honduras in Miami on Friday.
The South Americans grabbed the lead in the 13th minute when Lautaro Martinez dribbled past defenders in the penalty area before finding Julian Alvarez, who scored past goalkeeper Andre Blake.
Messi came off the bench in the 56th minute to put the game out of reach.
He scored his first when he drove past several defenders and hammered home a shot in the 86th minute.
Three minutes later, he scored off a free kick.
One fan entered the field late in the match. Messi signed the shirtless man’s back before he was taken away by security.