Goals from Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez rounded off a profitable evening for Lionel Scaloni’s crew in Buenos Aires as they maintained their unbeaten begin to the qualification marketing campaign and closed the hole on the prime of the one South American desk to 6 factors behind Brazil, who drew 0-0 with Colombia.
“We performed a fantastic match, I believe we’re bettering so much,” stated Messi. “It was a troublesome match and we needed to win it.
“Uruguay sit again and are harmful. Once we scored the primary aim we began to search out areas and plenty of appeared.”
The first half was a traditional end-to-end thriller with each side hitting the woodwork earlier than Argentina opened the scoring.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez regarded vigorous early on and had three gilt-edged probabilities, all from the nook of the six yard field.
Two, together with an acrobatic volley, had been parried by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, whereas his third effort got here again off the close to submit.
For Argentina, Giovani Lo Celso skewed broad type 10 yards and Lautaro Martinez was narrowly unable to direct De Paul’s cross on the right track.
Lo Celso then broke from deep and rounded goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, however his shot crashed down off the bar onto the goalline earlier than bouncing away to security.
Messi had a low shot from the D deflected inches previous the submit after which broke the impasse in weird vogue.
His chip into the field with the skin of his left boot was missed by Nicolas Gonzalez, whose presence appeared to deceive Muslera, the goalkeeper additionally lacking the ball because it nestled within the backside nook.
Muslera flirted with catastrophe moments later when he dribbled previous Martinez in his space however Uruguay’s nerves had been rattled and Argentina doubled their lead with one other scrapy aim.
Messi’s move was deflected into the trail of Martinez whose miss-kick fell kindly for De Paul to stroke residence.
Martinez then had an opportunity to place the sport to mattress in first half stoppage time however shot straight at Muslera.
He did safe the win, although, on 62 minutes when left unmarked on the again submit to faucet in De Paul’s cross.
The second half didn’t match the thrill-a-minute first however Argentina managed the sport.
It may have been worse for Uruguay however Muslera made a positive double save from Angel Di Maria and Messi within the final minute.
The returning Neymar couldn’t encourage Brazil to victory as hosts Colombia ended their excellent begin to the qualification marketing campaign in Barraquilla.
The Selecao had gained their first 9 qualifiers, scoring 22 objectives to steer the desk by eight factors earlier than kick-off.
Coach Tite’s facet are nonetheless nearly sure to qualify for subsequent yr’s finals in Qatar as they keep a 13-point lead over fifth-placed Colombia, with the highest 4 progressing robotically.
“Neymar did nicely because the crew’s chief,” stated Tite, however “he was nicely marshalled” by a Colombian facet that has “extra technical qualities than different groups.”
Brazil began brightly and dominated the opening quarter as Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina made saves from Neymar and Lucas Paqueta.
Neymar’s cute reverse move then put Paqueta in one-on-one with Ospina however on the stretch he poked the ball broad.
Neymar was on the coronary heart of a lot of Brazil’s assaults however when he teed up a teammate on the sting of the world, it was defensive midfielder Fred who appeared on the scene, and it was no shock to see him blaze over the bar from 18 yards.
Colombia grew extra adventurous within the second half and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker saved efforts from Mateus Uribe and Juan Quintero, whereas Radamel Falcao had the ball within the internet 20 minutes from time however it was disallowed for a foul on Militao.
Raphinha nearly usual a winner for Brazil when he picked out fellow substitute Antony with an ideal in-swinging supply, just for Ospina to make a superb response save from point-blank vary.
It was a superb day for the underside two groups within the group as Bolivia beat Peru 1-0 and Venezuela defeated Ecuador 2-1.
Ramiro Vaca’s aim eight minutes from time gave Bolivia victory regardless of having fellow substitute Henry Vaca despatched off on 75 minutes.
Goals from Darwin Machis and Eduard Bello both facet of a penalty from Enner Valencia had been sufficient to present Venezuela a uncommon win.
In the late match, objectives from English-born Ben Brereton and Mauricio Isla gave Chile, who had Charles Aranguiz despatched off, a 2-0 win over Paraguay, who had Omar Aldieret dismissed.