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Messi saves the day for Argentina

Pin Messi rescued Argentina in their 2-2 draw with Uruguay. AFP
Messi rescued Argentina in their 2-2 draw with Uruguay. AFP

Messi saves the day for Argentina

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 4,400

A late Lionel Messi penalty gave Argentina a 2-2 draw versus Uruguay in an international friendly in Tel Aviv. Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez gave Uruguay the lead twice and Sergio Aguero made it 1-1 in the second half.

Lionel Messi gave Argentina a stoppage time equaliser in a friendly against Uruguay to get a 2-2 draw in both countries' last game before 2022 World Cup qualifying begins. 

Aguero and Suarez had chances in the first 20 minutes before Cavani put Uruguay ahead after 34 minutes. Lucas Torreira's lovely chip pass fell to Suarez and he squared for the PSG man to tap home. Four minutes later, Dybala thought he had levelled, but he accidentally handball in the build up and so it did not count. Argentina finished the half strongly after 10-15 minutes of good play by Tabarez's men, but it was 0-1 at half-time. 

In the second period, Argentina did not create much going forward, but Sergio Aguero levelled for Argentina 26 minutes from time after heading home Messi's free-kick. 

Two minutes later, he saw an effort deflected wide and then shortly afterwards, Pezzella brought down Luis Suarez on the edge of the box and he was made to pay for it. The Barca player hit a splendid free-kick over the wall and into the goal. Andrada got a hand to it, but he could only tip it into the roof of the net. 

Argentina then pressed looking for an equaliser and Sergio Aguero hit over the crossbar before the Man City forward was denied by a fabulous save from Campana in the 90th minute. However, Argentina were not to be denied. Saravia's cross in was flicked on by Lautaro Martinez and the ball hit Caceres' outstretched arm. It was a clear penalty and Messi kept his cool from the spot to send the keeper the wrong way. 

The game ended 2-2 and it was probably a fair result as both teams had good spells of play. but Argentina were probably a bit better overall. The tempo in the second half was much quicker than in the first and Messi's late penalty meant Scaloni's men finished the international break unbeaten. Their next matches are in March when South American World Cup qualifying begins

Paul Singh

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