Lionel Messi’s superb winner to finish off a hat trick in friendly against Brazil

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

While the Euro 2012 Group of Death lived up to its name for mostly unintended reasons, Brazil and Argentina played out a frantic friendly in New Jersey and Lionel Messi once again proved worthy of a dictionary full of superlatives.

Being a friendly, the match obviously didn't carry any tangible importance and included some players who probably wouldn't be out there if it did, but there simply is no such thing as a Brazil v Argentina match that isn't Apocalyptic in tone. Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi and Brazil's Marcelo were both sent off in added time for a scuffle, but before that, Lionel Messi ran riot.

Scoring three goals including the 85th minute winner he blasted into the top corner (above), Messi led Argentina past Brazil in a match that went back and forth before ending 4-3. And though Neymar played well, Pele's pick for the man better than Messi didn't score.

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