Thursday, August 18, 2005

Lionel Messi’s 3 minute international debut

Lionel Messi had his first international debut end after only 3 minutes against Hungary in Budapest after coming on as a substitute for Lisandro Lopez.

The Diego Maradona laden comparisons had Argentine expectations high. Messi had been promoted right from the under 20 team that won the World Youth Cup a few months ago. His performances in that tournament were brilliant. Unfortunately for Messi it ended seconds after it began.

With literally his first touch of the ball Messi saw a red card after having his shirt tugged and reacting by sticking out an elbow. The referee was having none of it and the 18 year old was giving his marching orders.

Argentina won the match 2-1 on a 17th minute goal by Maxi Rodriguez and a 62nd minute header by Manchester United's Gabriele Heinze.


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Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

I think Messi is a quality player and will turn out to be one of the best in the world.

8/18/2005 6:34 PM  

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