Isco Gets Hat-Trick As Spain Thrash Argentina
Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain warmed up for the 2018 World Cup by crushing 2014 finalists Argentina in Madrid.
Spain raced into a 2-0 lead when Diego Costa stabbed past Sergio Romero before Isco side-footed his first goal.
Argentina, without injured forward Lionel Messi, pulled it back to 2-1 through Nicolas Otamendi‘s header.
In the second half it was all Spain again as they controlled possession and dictated the pace of the game. With haphazard goalkeeping and defending from Argentina, Isco and Thiago Alcantara extended the lead to 4-1, with substitute Iago Aspas adding the fifth before Isco completed his hat-trick.
This was Argentina’s heaviest defeat since a 2009 loss by the same score to Bolivia.
Spain face European champions and Iberian rivals Portugal as well as Iran and Morocco in Group B at the World Cup, while Argentina will play Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.