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Copa America: Chile smash seven past Mexico, Lionel Messi outclasses Venezuela

Defending champions Chile thrashed Mexico 7-0, while Argentina eased past Venezuela

Jaideep Chakrabarty 19 June 2016, 8:26 PM

Lionel Messi drew level with former striker Gabriel Batistuta's all time highest tally of 54 goals for Argentina Image: AP

Gonzalo Higuain handed Argentina the advantage with his early strike Image: AP

With Messi setting him up, Higuain doubled the lead for Argentina Image: AP

Messi then, took it on himself by scoring one and then assisting Lamela Image: AP

In Santa Clara, Eduardo Vargas was too hot to handle as the striker hit four past Mexico Image: AP

Alexis Sanchez also got into the act -- scoring one and assisting two Image: AP

By the end of 90 minutes, the defending champions destroyed Mexico with a 7-0 victory Image: AP

Argentina and defending champions Chile outclassed their respective opponents to enter the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario football tournament in style. (Read: Ronaldo fluffs his lines)

At the Gillette Stadium, Argentina overpowered 2011 Copa America finalists Venezuela 4-1 in the quarter-finals. Gonzalo Higuain struck twice for the 14-time champions while Lionel Messi and Erik Lamela scored once each.

It was a historic occasion for Messi as he drew level with former star striker Gabriel Batistuta's all time highest tally for Argentina at 54 goals.

Later, Chile routed a hapless Mexico 7-0 at the Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California in a last-eight game. Eduardo Vargas scored four goals while Edson APuch got a brace. Alexis Sanchez completed the rout.

In the semi-finals, Argentina will meet hosts US while Chile is expected to face a tough task against Colombia.

(With inputs from IANS)

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