Wednesday's 5-0 demolition of the United Arab Emirates served as Argentina's World Cup warm-up.

Argentina took the lead in the 17th minute after Messi received a pass from Di Maria .

Encouraged by the crowd at Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium, Alvarez scored his third goal for Argentina.

Eight minutes later, Di Maria made a beautiful volley after Marcos Acuna crossed the ball.

The two-time World Cup champions found their rhythm ahead of the competition.

The forward, who overcame a hamstring injury last month dribbled past several UAE defenders and slotted home.

Following a pass from Di Maria, Messi joined the celebration a minute before halftime with a beautiful shot into the corner.

 He substitute Correa completed the rout in the 60th minute with a deflected goal.

midfielder Rodrigo said. "But for many it will their first World Cup so the first game will be very important."

Argentina, will play Saudi Arabia in their Group C debut on November 22 before taking on Mexico and Poland.

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