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Lisandro Martinez sends Garnacho message after emotional Argentina debut

Alejandro Garnacho won his first Argentina cap on Thursday & Manchester United teammate Lisandro Martinez congratulated him.

The 19-year-old came off the bench as they beat Australia 2-0 in a friendly game in China, replacing Nicolas Gonzalez with only 16 minutes remaining.

The score was 2-0 and that’s how the game finished, with Lionel Messi opening the scoring less than two minutes in with a brilliant goal.

It was not a match of great importance, but it will be a special one for Garnacho who will hope it is the first of many caps for his country.

The Argentine winger wrote on Instagram: ‘And if this is just a dream never wake me up. Beautiful.’

Martinez, who was not with the Argentina team as he continues to recover from injury, replied: ‘It looks good on you brother.’

Harry Maguire also added: ‘Well deserved mate’ while the likes of Nicolas Otamendi, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes chimed in with congratulations.

Before the game, Garnacho said it did not feel real to be playing with Messi, but was controlling his nerves ahead of his international debut.

‘I didn’t talk much with Messi,’ Garnacho told TyC Sports. ‘I went from watching him on TV all my life and now I have him here, it seems that it’s not real

‘I spoke with Lionel Scaloni here. He asked me if I was nervous and I told him I wasn’t. When I play I try to be me.

‘I’m a young guy but I don’t care about age, I try to play the way I know how.’

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