Spain Put Six Past Argentina As Isco Grabs A Hat-Trick

Spain and Argentina meet at the Wanda Metropolitano as both sides prepare for the World Cup in June.

Argentina come into the game without Lionel Messi who didn’t recover from a muscle injury in time. Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero also missed out with injuries.

Argentina had the first chance of the game and it fell to Gonzalo Higuain who failed to capitalise on his opportunity. A wonderful cross in from the left fell to the forward but he fluffed his shot and it went over the bar.

It was Spain who opened the scoring as Diego Costa scored his seventh international goal. Andres Iniesta had regained possession for Spain and played the ball to Marco Asensio who delivered a perfectly timed pass to Costa as he put the ball past Romero to give Spain the lead. However, Costa collided with Romero in the process which led to the goalkeeper being replaced in the 21st minute with Willy Caballero coming on.

Spain celebrating their first goal. Image Credit: OPTA Sports

Spain’s next chance came in the 25th minute when Jordi Alba was left wide open at the near post but his volley went over the bar. A minute later, Spain capitalised on Caballero’s poor clearance with Marco Asensio crossing the ball into the box and Isco scoring Spain’s second of the night.

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Spain celebrating their second goal. Image Credit: Marca

In the 38th minute of the game, Argentina pulled one back through Nicholas Otamendi. The defender rose higher than Sergio Ramos and his header gave life to the away side.

Second Half:

Spain started the second half the better team and they instantly made an impact.  A wonderful pass from Iniesta to Aspas led to the striker spurning his chance to score as he went around the goalkeeper. However, Aspas pulled back and slot in Isco who doubled his goals tally and make it 3-1 to Spain.

Minutes later, Spain added another through Thiago to make it 4-1. Isco’s cutback fell to Iago Aspas whose slight touch of the ball fell towards Thiago with the midfielder shooting first time to make it 4-1.

Spain thought they had a fifth through Sergio Ramos in the 60th minute but the referee blew his whistle for a foul. Argentina’s best chance of the second half came through Otamendi as his header hit the outskirts of the post.

In the 73rd minute of the game, Spain added a fifth through Iago Aspas. A direct ball from De Gea through the middle went straight to Aspas and the striker poked the ball past Caballero.

Things got even worse for Argentina as a minute later, Isco scored his third of the night and Spain’s sixth. Iago Aspas was involved yet again as he picked out the midfielder for his hat-trick.

Isco celebrating his hat-trick. Image Credit: AS English

It was a brilliant performance by Spain as they had outplayed Argentina from the beginning. A hat-trick from Isco and a wonderful performance from Iago Aspas gives Spain the victory.

Spain 6 (Diego Costa 12′, Isco 27′ 52′ 74′, Thiago 55′, Iago Aspas 73′)

Argentina 1 (Nicholas Otamendi 39′)

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