World champions Argentina rested Lionel Messi however nonetheless loved a cushty 3-0 win over 10-man Bolivia in La Paz on Tuesday to keep up their profitable begin to South American World Cup qualifying. However Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay suffered a setback, giving up the result in finish with a 2-1 defeat at Ecuador. Messi, who has had a busy schedule together with his membership Inter Miami, watched his teammates from the bench however was not listed in its place, having complained of tiredness after scoring the winner in Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Ecuador.
Regardless of the absence of their talisman, Lionel Scaloni’s facet had an excessive amount of firepower for Bolivia with targets from Enzo Fernandez, Nicolas Tagliafico and Nicolas Gonzalez securing the victory.
Chelsea midfielder Fernandez went shut with an exquisite effort from 30 yards out that was heading into the highest nook earlier than Bolivia keeper Guillermo Viscarra tipped it over.
Viscarra then did properly once more to maintain out a close to submit drive from Julian Alvarez, who had taken benefit of some sloppy defending.
The full of life Alvarez had a hand in Argentina’s opener within the thirty first minute, feeding Angel Di Maria, whose low cross was turned in by Fernandez, who had made a superbly timed run into the field.
Eight minutes later, Bolivia’s job acquired even more durable when Roberto Fernandez was despatched off for an over-the-top problem on Cristian Romero.
Argentina went in on the break with a 2-0 lead after Tagliafico met a floated Di Maria free-kick with a header that looped over Viscarra.
The three-time World Cup winners had been in complete management after the break with Alvarez hitting the submit within the seventieth minute and Viscarra stored busy by efforts from Rodrigo De Paul and Di Maria.
Fernandez wrapped up the victory seven minutes from the top with a left-footed drive after extra hesitant defending from the house facet, who’ve misplaced each their opening video games.
Scaloni was happy with the efficiency given by his group saying they had been “not afraid to play with the ball and in addition provided a proof for Messi’s absence.
“Leo was not able to play, he tried to get better, however he didn’t really feel snug,” he stated.
After a formidable begin to his reign in control of Uruguay, Argentine Bielsa noticed his group lose to 2 targets from Ecuador defender Felix Torres in Quito.
Uruguay had taken the lead within the thirty eighth minute with Agustin Canobbio gathering a go from Maximiliano Araujo and turning sharply earlier than firing house.
However the house facet levelled simply earlier than the break when Felix Torres rose to energy house a header from a Moises Caicedo cross.
A penalty award gave Ecuador the chance to take the lead after the break however Enner Valencia’s woeful effort from the spot flew extensive.
However defender Felix Torres confirmed his worth once more, to seize the winner, sliding right into a crowded field to show in a low cross from 16-year-old Kendry Paez.
The choices proved essential in Venezuela’s victory over Paraguay.
The ‘Vinotinto’ thought they’d the lead within the 78th minute when Yangel Herrera introduced down a cross from Jefferson Savarino and fired house, however the referee’s evaluation on the monitor concluded that the midfielder had dealt with the ball — to the fury of the passionate house crowd.
However the expertise labored in Venezuela’s favor in stoppage time when it noticed that Paraguay defender Ivan Piris had dealt with throughout an aerial problem within the field and Salomon Rondon confidently tucked away the spot-kick.
The win will elevate Venezuela’s hopes of creating a World Cup match for the primary time of their historical past.
The qualification course of for the expanded 48-team World Cup, to be held in america, Canada and Mexico, affords two further locations for South America with six groups qualifying straight.
The seventh out of the ten nations will head to an inter-continental play-off.
In a while Tuesday, Colombia are away to Chile and Brazil are in Peru.
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