Argentinos Abroad: Lionel Messi & Lautaro Martinez cap off wonderful week for La Albiceleste in Champions League

After a Tuesday in the Champions League that produced seven goals and numerous assists, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez added to that tally a day later to wrap up a splendid week for Argentina in Europe’s premier tournament.

54 goals across 16 matches in the Champions League this week and nine came from Argentina – more than any other country.

Lionel Messi set yet another record with a goal in Barcelona’s win over Slavia Prague becoming the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League season.

The Argentina captain gave Barça an early lead with a smart finish in the penalty area but it wasn’t quite so easy for the Spanish giants.

Slavia Prague deservedly equalised and it wasn’t until a Messi free-kick was scrappily forced over the line by Luis Suarez and a deflection that Barcelona nicked the points.

Six straight wins in all competitions have Barcelona top of Group F, three points above Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

That after the two sides met at the San Siro and Inter came away with a 2-0 win.

Lautaro Martínez scored his fifth goal in four games for Inter to break the deadlock in the 22nd meeting. A perfectly timed run with the control and finish to match put the home side in front as the 22-year-old continues to impress.

Martínez did see a late penalty saved by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki but it didn’t matter as Antonio Candreva wrapped up the points a minute from time.

Inter have made an impressive start under Antonio Conte with Lautaro Martínez fulfilling his vast potential up front with Romelu Lukaku. In what is a tricky group if Inter were to reach the last 16, not many sides would fancy the trip to the San Siro.

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