Messi warms up for World Cup with hat-trick against Haiti

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Messi lost 1-0 during extra time of World Cup 2014's decider to Germany of World Cup 2014 with Argentina, plus the 2015 and 2016 Copa America showpieces.

While pointing out that the Eagles would have to play as a team to carry the day on June 26 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Musa stressed that they must avoid any complexes that would see Messi get the edge.

"To win it with Argentina would be something unique".

'We have good players and we are getting stronger to fight as an equal with anyone'.

Messi completed his treble - his 64th global goal in his 124th appearance for his country - with a tap-in after 65 minutes.

The World Cup is just a few weeks away (!) with sides gearing up for the tournament by playing warm-ups including Argentina. They start their campaign with a Group D showdown with Iceland.

Nigeria has qualified to five of the last six World Cups. "Qualification [for the World Cup] was not easy but we made it".

We go to Russian Federation with a great team which is getting stronger on a collective and an individual level.

The Barcelona forward was given a standing ovation when he was taken off in the second half and the fans inside La Bombonera in Buenos Aires rallied behind the team throughout the 90 minutes. "We are facing a lovely possibility and we are looking for that".

But, as brilliant as he may be, even the Barcelona talisman can not carry Argentinian hopes all on his shoulders without help from his supporting cast if they are to lift the World Cup trophy on July 15.

"Peru is ready to face any team in the world", coach Ricardo Gareca told reporters.

After Mauro Icardi's big season for Inter, the FC crew question his omission from Argentina's 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Michael O'Neill handed debuts to three players, all from the bench, and his team were fortunate that Edgar Joel Barcenas' first-half header came back off the crossbar on an evening of celebration for the Panamanians ahead of their first World Cup.

He revealed (via Sport): "I always said that I want to play some day in Argentine football, I do not know if it will happen, but I have it in mind".

Panama, who are in Group G with England, Belgium and Tunisia, have one final friendly against Norway in Oslo scheduled for next week.