Saturday, June 23, 2012
Lionel Messi scores hat trick
MIAMI -- Lionel Messi scored three goals and helped set up three others for the Masters team in a 7-7 draw with the Stars on Saturday night in the World Soccer Masters Tour.
Messi assisted on a goal by Rondon in the 82nd minute and scored in the 84th minute to tie it at 6.
Edison Cavani's penalty kick in the 88th minute gave the Stars a brief lead, but Ariel Ortega converted on a penalty kick of his own in the 90th minute to preserve the draw.
Luis Suarez had three goals for the Stars.
The announced crowd of 48,327 withstood a steady rainfall from the start. It was the third and final stop for the all-star tour that also had events in Cancun, Mexico, and Bogota, Colombia.
Diego Milito and Didier Drogba also scored for the Masters.
Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Nene added goals for the Stars.
U.S. national players Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu saw action but did not figure into the scoring.