Jun 10, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi (10) and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero (11) react in the second half during the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Soldier Field. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Lionel Messi scored a magical hat-trick in 19 minutes as Argentina cruised into the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals with a 5-0 rout of Panama Friday.Messi wasted no time in stamping his genius on the tournament after coming on in the 61st minute to replace Augusto Fernandez with Argentina leading the Group D game 1-0 .There was still time for Messi to have a hand in Argentina's fifth goal of the evening, providing a sublime pass in the build-up to Sergio Aguero's close range headed effort in the 90th minute.24 hours later, Messi crafted the best possible response on the pitch at Chicago, lighting up the tournament with a hat-trick performance that firmly establishes Argentina as the team to beat.
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