By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Six times Ballon d’or winner and Argentinian captain and striker, Lionel Messi has hit it out at the referee following the winning against Peru.
Argentina remains unbeaten in their last 25 games in all competition, maintaining a positive form through to this season while winning the Copa America.
Lautaro Martinez header gave the Argentines the only winning goal for the rest of the match, although Peru almost salvaged the point from them as a penalty was awarded a few minutes to final whistle. However, unfortunately for the Peruians, the ball hit the bar to give the Argentine boys the needed three points gap.
Messi’s reaction by calling out on the referee was related to Lautaro Martinez’s going down inside the area in the first 45mins and supposedly to be a penalty.
“Difficult match, difficult to play. A lot of wind, they were playing deep, leaving little space for us,” Messi wrote on Instagram.
“The referee always does this when he referee’s us, as if he does it on purpose. But well, three important points and we’re close to our objective.”
Martinez’s goal against Peru made it his 17th international goal and the Inter star is Argentina’s top scorer in the Lionel Scaloni era, two ahead of Messi.
“The play against Uruguay was more fluid, there was more space. It got complicated for us a little but we always tried to have a solution and today, we knew how to find that,” Martinez said.
“Every time we go out on the pitch, we try to give our all because this shirt deserves respect and responsibility. All of this is exciting, my family saw me play again after a long time. Today, they’re here again. I hope that the people have enjoyed the win.”
History was also made on the coach’s side as Argentina head coach Scaloni became the second coach in the history of the national team to go 25 games unbeaten in all competitions, after Alfio Basile.
“Today we felt a bit tired. Playing a triple date in South America is wearisome,” added Scaloni. “We took it forward and got the three points, which is what we wanted.
“It was a very important game and there was tension for that. I do not think that Argentina was satisfied with the result. Peru plays well, it is a very difficult opponent. Beyond the penalty play, I think the game was controlled.” he concluded.