Argentina player ratings vs Australia: Lionel Messi wows in China as Alejandro Garnacho finally makes his bow

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The Albiceleste faced the Socceroos in a friendly match on Thursday which saw a repeat of the two sides' World Cup last-16 clash.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi landed in China to great fanfare, with supporters across the country going crazy for the arrival of the mercurial Argentine. And it didn't take long for him to treat fans to a glimpse of his magic, with a textbook finish inside 120 seconds sealing the fastest goal of his glittering career.

Messi wasn't satisfied with that, though, gifting the rapturous crowd to a number of flicks and tricks as Argentina cruised into a two-goal lead midway through the second half. Poor defending from Australia saw substitute German Pezzella left in acres of space in the box, and he was picked out perfectly by Rodrigo de Paul for the second goal.

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Argentina threatened a third but eventually settled for a 2-0 victory, extending their incredible run to just one defeat in 47 matches across all competitions.

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