Copa America 2007 (quarter-final)
Argentina shine through
Sunday 8 July 2007 Venezuela
Argentina 4-0 Peru
A powerful second-half performance gave Argentina a 4-0 win against Peru.
A mesmerizing Messi run that ended in his shot being deflected off the woodwork was the highlight of the first half, but the second half was only 2 minutes old when Riquelme drilled the ball into the net with his left foot. Tevez headed the ball against the bar after a good run and cross by Zanetti 3 minutes later. In the 61st minute Riquelme delivered a beautifully weighted pass to Messi who slotted the ball through the legs of the keeper to double Argentina's lead. Butron made a splendid save from a close-range Messi effort in the 75th minute, but Mascherano was on hand to bury the rebound. With 5 minutes left Tevez won the ball in midfield and broke through, finding Riquelme who passed the ball into the corner of the net giving Argentina an easy 4-0 victory.