MONTEVIDEO: Lionel Messi opened the scoring as Argentina beat neighbors Uruguay 3-0 in a South American Zone World Cup qualifier, just moments ago.
Goals from Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez completed the winning night for Lionel Scaloni’s squad in Buenos Aires.
They maintained an unbeaten start in the qualifying campaign and narrowed the gap with South American group leaders Brazil to six points.
The first half was served with a classic rivalry through the attempts of both teams to hit the crossbar before Argentina opened the scoring.
Uruguay star Luis Suarez stood out early in the match and had three chances all through a corner kick into the penalty box.
Two of them included an acrobatic volleyball parried by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez while his third attempt was a bit eccentric.
For Argentina, Giovani Lo Celso kicked wildly from close range and Lautaro Martinez failed to connect De Paul’s cross to the target.
Lo Celso then overtook goalkeeper Fernando Muslera but his shot hit the post and went out.