Lionel Messi opened the scoring when Argentina beat neighboring Uruguay 3-0 in a thrilling World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
Goals from Rodrigo de Paul and Lottaro Martنیnez set off a successful night for Lionel Scaloni’s team in Buenos Aires as they maintained their unbeaten start to the qualifying campaign and Brazil topped the singles South American table. Closed at six points. Draw 0-0 with Colombia
“We played a very good match, I think we are getting much better,” said Messi. “It was a difficult match and we had to win it.
“Uruguay are behind and dangerous. Once we scored the first goal, we started looking for places and a lot of people appeared.”
The first half was a classic and two-end thriller in which Argentina worked hard on both sides before opening the score.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez initially looked alive and had three Gold Age chances, all from the corner of a six-yard box.
Two, including an acrobatic, were dropped by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, while his third attempt came back from a nearby post.
For Argentina, Giovanni Lu Celso took a 10-yard wide and Lotaru Martنیnez de Paul’s cross failed to reach the target.
Lu Celso then broke into the deep and goalkeeper Fernando Maslera, but his shot fell on the goal below the bar.
Macy’s shot less than an inch behind the post and then strangely broke the deadlock.
In the box outside his left boot, his chip was dropped by Nicolas Gonzalez, whose presence seemed to deceive Masselara, the goalkeeper was also missing the ball as it went into the bottom corner.
Muslera faltered after moments of catastrophe when he defeated Martinez in his own area, but Uruguay’s nerves shook and Argentina doubled their lead with another scrappy goal.
Macy’s pass was diverted from Martinez’s way, which was kindly dropped by Miss Cook de Paul.
Martینnez then had a chance to put the game to bed during the first half break, but shot straight at Muslera.
He ensured the victory, however, in the 62nd minute when no mark was left on the previous post to tap De Poole’s cross.
The second half was not thrilling in the first minute but Argentina controlled the game.
It could have been worse for Uruguay, but Musleira saved a great double at the last minute from Angel Di Maria and Messi.
Returning Neymar failed to lead Brazil to victory as host Colombia ended their best start to the qualifying campaign in Barracuda.
Celiacau won his first nine qualifiers, scoring 22 goals to move the table eight points ahead of the kick-off.