Lionel messi

Rodigo De Paul và Lionel Mesham scored for Argentimãng cầu, with Lautaro Martinez adding another.Marcelo Endelli/Getty ImagesTwo goals in the minutes before halftime, one of them an unusually fortunate counter from Lionel Mesyêu thích, helped Argentina on their way khổng lồ a comfortable 3-0 win over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

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Eight minutes before the break Mesmê mẩn floated a 35-meter pass inlớn the area but it was missed by both advancing striker Nicolas Gonzalez and goalkeeper Fernanvị Muslera và somehow sneaked into the net.

Six minutes later Lautaro Martinez swung and missed at a chance on the edge of the box but the loose ball fell into the path of Rodrigo De Paul who made no mistake.

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

"We played a great game," said Mesyêu thích. "Everything worked out perfectly."

"Uruguay wait for you & they generate danger. Once we got the first goal we started to find space và the goals appeared."

The win, combined with Brazil"s 0-0 draw at Colombia earlier in the day, narrows the gap between leaders Brazil and second-placed Argentimãng cầu to six points at the top of the 10-team South American qualifying group.

The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar và the fifth-placed side go inkhổng lồ an inter-regional playoff.

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Uruguay, who ended the day fourth in the 10-team table, were unbeaten in eight matches coming inlớn Sunday"s match.

They took the game to lớn their rivals, with Luis Suarez coming cthảm bại on three occasions in the first half hour, including one thunderous shot that came bachồng off the post.

Argentina grew as the game went on, though, và Giovani Lo Celso missed a golden chance to open the scoring when he rounded the goalkeeper but delayed before striking a shot that hit the underside of the bar and the goal line before rolling lớn safety.

After the home side drew first blood they never looked lượt thích losing an unbeaten run that now stands at 24 games.

Edinson Cavani came on in the second half for Uruguay but it was Argentina who had the better chances in an entertaining game that featured only 15 fouls and no cautions.

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Messi mê came cthua trận to lớn getting his second và substitute Angel Di Maria could have made it four on two occasions only to lớn twice see Muslera parry his goalbound shots.