Real Madrid’s Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered Argentina 6-1 in an international friendly on Tuesday.
Spain extended their unbeaten run under coach Julen Lopetegui to 18 matches in sensational fashion in Madrid.
Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa bravely forced home Spain’s opening goal in the 12th minute and Isco doubled the lead before Nicolas Otamendi halved the deficit prior to half-time.
Lionel Messi did not participate in the game despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday that his star striker was fit.
Isco bagged his second on 52 minutes and Thiago Alcantara swiftly added another for the hosts before substitute Iago Aspas struck after latching onto a long down-field pass from David de Gea.
The mauling was complete when Isco sealed his treble on 74 minutes.
Spain coach, Lopetegui said after the game, “We’re very happy to beat the finalists from the last World Cup, a team with a fantastic history.
“But that doesn’t change anything for this World Cup, we will have to start with zero points (in the group stage).”