Lionel Messi played the full 90 minutes and entered the scoreboard as Argentina they beat the United Arab Emirates 5-0 in their last World Cup warm-up match.
The Argentina captain scored his fourth goal just before half-time as the pre-tournament favorites extended their unbeaten streak to 36 matches. Messi also set up Manchester City’s Julián Álvarez to open the scoring on 17 minutes, and he has now scored 10 goals in his last four internationals.
Ángel Di María also showed that he is reaching his best form with two fine first-half goals in Abu Dhabi, volleying Marcos Acuña’s cross to the far post in the 25th minute. from a thigh injury in time for Qatar, he dribbled past the home defense 11 minutes later to score his second goal.
Next, Internazionale striker Joaquín Correa closed the scoring on the hour mark, completing an impressive performance by Lionel Scaloni’s side. the albiceleste will kick off their World Cup campaign next Tuesday against Saudi Arabia (November 22).
In Group C, Argentina will also face Mexico and Poland, who beat Chile 1-0 in a friendly in Warsaw thanks to Krzysztof Piatek’s late goal. Wojciech Szczesny, Piotr Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski rested for the last warm-up game before Czeslaw Michniewicz’s team flew to Qatar.
Scotland they succumbed to their first loss in five games, losing 2-1 to Turkey in a friendly match between two teams that failed to qualify for the World Cup final.
Defender Ozan Kabak headed in the hosts’ first goal five minutes before half-time in Diyarbakir, having hit the crossbar before halftime. Cengiz Under doubled the hosts’ lead four minutes after the restart, getting past Scott McKenna before finishing confidently past Craig Gordon.
John McGinn pulled a goal back for Scotland in the 61st minute with a powerful shot, but despite a better second-half performance, Steve Clarke’s side were unable to complete the comeback. 19-year-old Liverpool defender Calvin Ramsay made his Scotland debut as a substitute.
Elsewhere, Niclas Füllkrug scored on his international debut to win Germany a 1-0 win over Oman in Muscat. The Werder Bremen forward finished off a pass from Kai Havertz with 10 minutes remaining, raising his hopes of starting Germany’s opener against Japan next Wednesday (November 23).
Füllkrug’s goal rescued Germany after an unconvincing display against well-trained opponents. 17-year-old Dortmund winger Youssoufa Moukoko, Germany’s youngest debutant since Uwe Seeler in 1954, hit the post in the first half, while defender Lukas Klostermann was substituted after 34 minutes due to injury.
Andrej Kramaric’s late goal was enough to Croatia to beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Riyadh. Luka Modric played only the last 25 minutes, enough time to set Kramaric up for the winner. The 2018 World Cup finalists begin their Group F campaign against Morocco on Wednesday. England’s first rivals in Group B, Iranthey lost 2-0 to fellow qualifiers Tunisia in a warm-up match in Tehran.