Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni: "We played a flawless game" vs. Mexico

Martinez scores hat-trick as Argentina hammer Mexico 4-0

Martinez scores hat-trick as Argentina hammer Mexico 4-0

Mexico arrives highly motivated for the match after defeating their ultimate rivals, the USMNT on Friday with a 3-0 score to leave no doubt as to who the CONCACAF giant is.

Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni spoke at a press conference following Argentina's 4-0 win against Mexico.

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"We knew that Mexico would dominate the opening minutes and that's why we were prepared to go out on the counter-attack". Everyone played for their lives for their team mate and for wanting to be in the Argentina national team. Five minutes later, Martinez added his second when he got on the end of a through-ball with a well-timed run. It's not good if we just defend well.

The match, which pitted Mexico coach Tata Martino against his home nation and a team he used to manage, gave Mexico the opportunity to trot a largely first-choice team against an Argentina side operating without its core, Europe-based stars, but the result was anything but flattering for the de facto hosts.

"We want an Argentina national team that is competitive, that our opponents respect us".

With captain Messi suspended, manager Lionel Scaloni was looking for a few of his players to step up in the superstar's absence, and 22-year-old forward Martinez duly obliged. "Hopefully he can continue playing with discomfort".