Argentina reach final smashing Paraguay

01 July,2015

RTNN Sports Desk: Argentina have thrashed Paraguay 6-1 in their Copa America semi-final game to set up a final against the tournament hosts Chile in Santiago on July 4.

La Albiceleste remain on course to win their first Copa America title since 1993 after humiliating Paraguay on Wednesday.

Martino's side were rewarded for their promising start with the opener 15 minutes in as Messi's set-piece from the left eventually fell to Rojo, who side-footed in a simple finish from close range.

Marcos Rojo put Argentina ahead from Lionel Messi's free-kick and Javier Pastore made it 2-0 with a low shot.

Lucas Barrios pulled one back from 20 yards, but Angel Di Maria then netted twice, slotting in from Pastore's pass and then converting a rebound.

Sergio Aguero headed in a fifth and Gonzalo Higuain blasted in a sixth.

It was an impressive victory from Gerardo Martino's side as La Albiceleste moved into the Copa America final for the third time in four competitions.

Although he did not score, it was another influential performance from skipper Messi, who had a hand in three of the six goals.

His free-kick led to Rojo opening the scoring in the 15th minute and then the four-time World Player of the Year created the second with a jinking run before setting up the impressive Pastore.

And Martino's side added a fifth through an Agüero header with 10 minutes remaining before Higuaín completed the scoring moments later to see out a huge victory.

La Albiceleste will now face Chile in the showpiece event on July 4, while Paraguay will meet Peru in the third-place play-off in Concepción the day before.

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