Argentina and Chile progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa America on Saturday with Chile beating Mexico 7-0 and Lionel Messi getting an objective in Argentina’s 4-1 win over Venezuela to equivalent his nation’s untouched scoring record.
Messi scored in the 60th moment to take his vocation count for Argentina to 54 objectives, coordinating the record held by Gabriel Batistuta.
“I am upbeat to have equalled Batistuta’s record yet my head is centered around lifting Copa America,” said the five-time World Player of the Year.
Argentina will now confront the United States in the principal semi-last on Tuesday in Houston. Ruling champions Chile went along with them in the last four after a 7-0 obliteration of Mexico.
Striker Eduardo Vargas scored four objectives to set up an elimination round with Colombia on Wednesday.
Messi won the Man-of-the-Match honor in an activity pressed diversion against underdogs Venezuela.
Argentina got the ideal begin following seven minutes when Gonzalo Higuain turned a cross from Messi past goalkeeper Dani Hernandez.
The Napoli striker multiplied the lead 20 minutes after the fact when he locked on to a back go to round the goalkeeper and opening the ball into the vacant net.
Messi put Argentina 3-0 ahead when he worked a one-two with Nicolas Gaitan then jabbed the ball under Hernandez with his left foot.
Chile were relentless in the other quarter-last. Edson Puch scored following 15 minutes, before Vargas got the second just before half time.
Alexis Sanchez made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half and minutes after the fact Vargas got his second.
Vargas fixed his hattrick as he pounded home from close-in after Ochoa had parried Sanchez’s shot.
Vargas got a fourth following 73 minutes when he impacted the ball into the top of the net subsequent to dithering Mexican shields neglected to clear.
Puch finished the defeat in the 87th moment as he dinked over Ochoa.