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Messi, Di Maria score as Argentina thrash UAE in World Cup warm-up


Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria were on target as Argentina secured a big victory over United Arab Emirates in a warmup game ahead of the FIFA World Cup billed to hold in Qatar.

Di Maria scored twice as Julian Alvarez, Messi and Joaquin Correa also added goals to seal a 5-0 thumping of the hosts in Abu Dhabi.

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With the victory, Argentina extended their unbeaten run to 36 matches and are set to begin their World Cup campaign next week Tuesday.

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Before scoring his own, Messi had been involved in the opening goals as he unselfishly set-up Manchester City’s Alvarez.

Argentina face Saudi Arabia in their World Cup Group C opener on 22 November.

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Mexico and Poland are also in the the same group as the two-time world champions.

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