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

A brace from Angel Di Maria and goals from Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi, and Joaquin Correa stretched their unbeaten streak to 36 games.

Argentina seized the lead in the 17th minute thanks to a goal by Alvarez, who was set up by Messi after receiving a pass from Di Maria and finding himself with the goalie to beat.

The audience at Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium cheered Argentina on.

Eight minutes later, Di Maria increased Argentina's advantage with a beautiful volley after Marcos Acuna crossed the ball in from the left side.

The two-time World Cup champions found their rhythm ahead of the competition, which gets underway in Qatar on Sunday.

The striker scored in the 36th minute as Argentina humiliated their opponents.

The forward, who overcame a hamstring injury last month to be included in manager Lionel Scaloni's World Cup team, dribbled past multiple UAE defenders and slotted home.

Following a pass from Di Maria, Messi joined the celebration a minute before halftime with a beautiful strike into the corner, and substitute Correa completed the thrashing in the 60th minute with a goal that was deflected.

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