Watch Nicolas Gaitan, Lionel Messi’s Fill-In, Almost Score Wonder Goal


Who needs Lionel Messi?

We’re joking of course, but his replacement for Argentina’s Copa America 2016 opener Monday night went a long way toward calming fans’ nerves with a near-goal in the opening minutes.

Messi started Argentina’s game against Chile on the bench as he recovers from a back injury, which meant Nicolas Gaitan joined the starting XI. Gaitan responded with a beautiful header that went off the crossbar.

You’re always better off with a superstar in your lineup, but Gaitan did his best to fill Messi’s rather large shoes.

UPDATE (11:59 p.m. ET): Messi didn’t play, but his Argentina teammates did score twice in a 2-1 win.

Thumbnail photo via Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports Images

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