Lionel Messi was the difference as Argentina beat Uruguay 1 – 0 as he dazzled early on Friday 2 September, scoring the winning goal as Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying match in Mendoza.
Prior to the game, which was the first for new coach Edgardo Bauza, Messi had announced retirement from the national team after a disappointing end to the 2016 Copa America.
His return was magical as he took just 42 minutes to show why he was the best player for Argentina. After taking a nice touch to settle the ball at the top of the box, he shifted around and got an effort towards the goal that hit off Jose Gimenez and found the back of the net on the 42nd minute.
The night would turn badly for Argentina however as Pablo Dybala was shown his second yellow card for a tackle, and it set up nicely for Uruguay to take advantage with the extra man to draw level.
But with that man advantage for the entire second half, Uruguay failed to really test Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero aside from a few powerful shots from way out that lacked accuracy. Superstar Luis Suarez was left frustrated as the visitors’ midfield couldn’t produce quality chances for the strikers.
With the win, Argentina jumps to the top of qualifying in CONMEBOL with 14 points. Uruguay is second with 13.