Costa then bravely prodded in from close range after 12 minutes, despite being clattered by goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Both players required lengthy treatment and eventually left the pitch at different stages. Romero’s replacement, Chelsea back-up Willy Caballero, who starred in Friday’s 2-0 win over Italy, suffered a nightmare. A wayward pass with his first touch saw Isco gleefully sweep home Spain’s second in the 27th as they threatened to run riot. Defender Nicolas Otamendi briefly offered the visitors hope as he towered above the defence to nod in before the break.
Isco scored the first hat-trick of his professional career in Spain's sensational 6-1 victory against Argentina. pic.twitter.com/vT4BFie1TTMarch 27, 2018
But after the restart it was again all Spain with haphazard goalkeeping and defending all contributing to a procession for the former world champions, who condemned Argentina to their heaviest defeat since a 2009 loss by the same score to Bolivia. Spain face European champions and Iberian rivals Portugal as well as Iran and Morocco in Group B at the World Cup, while Argentina will play Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.
Isco gets his first hat trick for Spain!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 27, 2018
The last time Argentina allowed 6+ goals: April 2009 vs. Bolivia. pic.twitter.com/eRE7hN3sMy
Bravo, Spain.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 27, 2018
Yikes, Argentina. pic.twitter.com/44lXcE3XyW