Argentina defeated a young Costa Rican team 3-0 on Monday in Cordoba.
The Costa Ricans surprisingly beat Bolivia 2-0 in their last match but couldn’t stop Argentina’s dangerous forwards. Sergio Aguero scored two goals either side of half-time and Angel Di Maria added the clincher in the 62nd minute.
Lionel Messi gave a fine performance as well. His superb passes set up two of the goals. If Gonzalo Higuain hadn’t sent two powerful shots inches over the crossbar Barcelona’s superstar would have given four assists.
Aguero is now the tournament’s top-scorer (3 goals in 1 start and two substitute appearances) and looks set to hold onto his place in the starting 11.
Argentina qualify from Group A with five points, two behind group winners Colombia, who secured their place in the quarterfinal with a 2-0 winover Bolivia. Porto’s exciting forward Radamel Falcao scored a brace for the Colombians.
Bolivia exit the tournament at the bottom of Group A with a single point. The Bolivians showed their defensive ability in the Copa’s opening match, a 0-0 draw against Argentina, but couldn’t score goals. Meanwhile, Costa Rica have a slim chance of moving on to the quarters since the two best third-place teams also qualify. Costa Rica have three points and that probably won’t be enough.