Tuesday’s Copa América Centenario semifinal between the U.S. and Argentina saw the Americans trail 2-0 at halftime, and part of that was thanks to a stunning strike from Argentine striker Lionel Messi. Here’s a look at what Messi pulled off with a free kick from just outside the box in the 33rd minute, with Argentina already up 1-0:

Here’s the slow-motion replay:

And a GIF from behind U.S. keeper Brad Guzan:

Messi also played a vital role in Argentina’s first goal three minutes in, setting up Ezequiel Lavezzi with a beautiful chip:

That’s a pretty impressive half from Messi, but not all that out of the ordinary for the 2015 FIFA World Player of the Year (the fifth time he’s won that award). Shutting him down as both a playmaker and a scorer is incredibly tough, and the U.S. wasn’t able to do that in the first half Tuesday.

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.