• FT

    Bolivia

    3

    Peru

    0

  • FT

    Argentina

    2

    Uruguay

    1

  • FT

    Colombia

    0

    Paraguay

    1

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - CONMEBOL

Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Referee: Torres, Carlos

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Argentina

  • Lionel Messi 5'
  • Lionel Messi 5'
  • Sergio Agüero 12'
  • Sergio Agüero 12'

2 - 1

FT

Uruguay

  • Diego Lugano 39'
  • Diego Lugano 39'

Argentina 2-1 Uruguay: Battling win

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Argentina ended a run of six successive draws by beating neighbours Uruguay 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero put Argentina 2-0 ahead

within 15 minutes as they threatened to run away with the

match.

In a game of ferocious tackling and punctuated by scuffles

between players, Uruguay battled their way back into the

contest and Diego Lugano pulled one back five minutes before

halftime.

The win left Argentina with 16 points from nine games in

the 10-team South American group while Uruguay have 12.

Paraguay referee Carlos Torres played an unwitting part in

Argentina's first goal after only six minutes.

A clearance out of the Uruguay defence hit the official and

ricocheted straight to Juan Roman Riquelme.

The enigmatic number 10, whose place was under threat after

a run of lacklustre displays, delivered a perfectly flighted

cross to the far post that was headed in by Messi.

Uruguay had barely recovered from that when the hosts

struck again following another move down the left.

Esteban Cambiasso fired against the post from Carlos

Tevez's cross and Aguero snapped up the rebound.

Uruguay came back fighting, replacing fullback Jorge Fucile

with forward Edinson Cavani in the 25th minute and deservedly

pulled one back five minutes before the break.

Luis Suarez managed to keep the ball in after a shot hit a

defender and pulled it back into the middle of a crowded area

where Lugano turned it in.

The game turned niggly in the second half with Argentina

showing only sporadic flashes of inspiration and Uruguay rarely

looking like snatching an equaliser.

Tevez had a shot punched away by Juan Castillo and Aguero

volleyed wide after a neat combination between Riquelme and

Messi in two rare moments of excitement.

Scoring Summary

  • Argentina
  • Uruguay

Match Stats

  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
9(4) Shots (on goal) 2(1)
21 Fouls 23
3 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 2
0% Time of Possession 0%
5 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 2

Teams

  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
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