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Concepción (Chile) (AFP) - Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final of the Copa America here Tuesday. The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturday's final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator as Argentina tore Paraguay apart.
Carli Lloyd and Kelley O'Hara both scored in the second half Tuesday to put the United States into the Women's World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany. Wearing the captain's armband, Lloyd got the first on 69 minutes from a penalty kick with defender O'Hara scoring her first-ever goal for the Americans six minutes from time. The United States, winners in 1991 and 1999 and ranked second in the world, will play either defending champions Japan or England in the final at Vancouver on July 5.