Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Argentina beat Uruguay in World Cup qualifier

Argentina beat Uruguay in World Cup qualifier

Two goals shot in the minutes before halftime, one of them an unusually blessed counter from Lionel Messi, lend a hand to Argentina on their way to a pleasant 3-0 win over Uruguay on Sunday in a World Cup qualifier.

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8th minutes before halftime, Messi floated a 35-meter pass into the area. Still, it got missed by both advancing striker goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and Nicolas Gonzalez and somehow sneaked inside the net.

Six minutes after, Lautaro Martinez swung and missed a chance on the side of the box, but the loose ball fell into the way of Rodrigo De Paul, who did not make a mistake.

Lautaro Martinez made up for the miss when he converted a low cross from Rodrigo De Paul in the 17 minutes of the second half.

Messi said.

"We played a good game,"

"Everything worked out excellently."

"Uruguay wait for you and they create danger. Once we got the opening goal we started to find gaps and the goals appeared."

Combined with a draw against Brazil's 0-0 at Colombia earlier in the day, the win narrows the space between leaders Brazil and second-placed Argentina for six points at the top of the 10-team in the qualifying group of South America.

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The top four teams qualify spontaneously for Qatar World Cup 2022, and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.

Uruguay, who ended the day 4th in the 10-team table, was unbeaten in eight matches coming into Sunday's game.

They took the match to their rivals, with Luis Suarez coming close on several occasions in the first half-hours, including one roaring shot that came back off the post.

Argentina spread as the game went on, though, and central midfielder Giovani Lo Celso missed an outstanding possibility to open the scoring when he rounded the goalkeeper but delayed before attacking a shot that hit the lower side of the bar and the goal line before traveling to safety.

After Argentina drew first blood, they never considered losing an unbeaten run at 24 matches.

Edinson Cavani for Uruguay came on in the second half, but Argentina had the better chances in an entertaining game with only 15 fouls and no cautions.

Messi came close to getting his second, and substitute Angel Di Maria could have made it four on two occasions only to see twice Muslera parry his goalbound shots.

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