Scaloni: Messi is "impressive" despite the injury
Lionel Scaloni, coach of the Argentina national team, expressed his astonishment at the level presented by Lionel Messi during his country's 2-0 victory over Peru.
“The Flea” and despite the injury that kept him from participating with Inter Miami and then kept him from starting against Paraguay, he succeeded in scoring two goals and leading Argentina to move away from the lead in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers on the South American continent.
Scaloni spoke to the media after the match about Messi, saying, “I saw Leo playing as if he was not coming from an injury. We are now more than just a team, we are all playing for one goal, which is to win.”
As for the match in general, the World Champions coach said, “They put us under pressure in the first 30 minutes and until Messi scored the first goal, we were facing a big team and the pitch was not in good condition to help us gain possession of the ball.”
It remains to be noted that the victory raised Argentina's score to 12 points with a full score after 4 rounds of the World Cup qualifiers, with a difference of 5 points from the closest pursuer, Uruguay.
Six teams from South America qualify directly from the qualifiers, with the seventh team playing in the global playoff with teams from various other continents.