Copa America: Messi and Argentina advance to quarterfinals with 3-0 victory over Costa Rica

Faced with first-round elimination from a Copa America it’s hosting, Argentina rose to the occasion Monday night in Cordoba with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Costa Rica. With Lionel Messi at his influential best, Sergio Aguero scored twice and Angel De Maria added a goal as La Albiceleste (five points) secured second place in Group A behind Colombia (seven). They’ll face Chile, Peru or Uruguay in a quarterfinal Saturday in Santa Fe.

Tuesday’s matches:

Chile (four points) vs. Peru (four) 6 p.m. ET, Telefutura, univisionfutbol.com, youtube.com/copaamerica

Uruguay (two points) vs. Mexico (none) 8:30 p.m. Univision, univisionfutbol.com, youtube.com/copaamerica

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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