By Matabo Manala
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi scored in a thrilling 1-0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier win for his country Argentina as he came back from a short retirement stint on Friday morning (GMT +2).
The Barcelona maestro had retired 2 months ago when he and his fellow compatriots lost in the Copa America final against now two time champions Chile in the United States. His retirement sparked sadness among his fellow teammates, coaches as well as citizens. This lead the Argentinian citizens to go on a march in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and beg for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to not hang up his boots yet.
The Argentinian striker then decided to come back to international football when he decided to play in last night’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier and got his team to victory when he scored the goal in Mendoza (Argentina). It was a tense match as both teams had gone toe to toe with one another.
Even though his team was down to ten-men, Juventus striker Paolo Dybala got his second yellow of the game for a soft tackle on the Uruguayan player Mathias Corujo. Second half Uruguay piled the pressure but the Argentinian defence prevailed throughout the 90 minutes of the qualifier.
In other results, Gabriel Jesus’ brace fired his team to victory when his Brazilian side went away to face Ecuador to beat them 3-0 on Thursday evening. Neymar had first opened the lead through a penalty kick in the 72nd minute. New kid on the block Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in the 87th minute to open his first international senior goal then his second in stoppage time.
James Rodriguez’ Columbian side beat the Venezuelans by 2-0 when the Real Madrid attacking midfielder scored first until his teammate Macnelly Torres scored the second on Friday morning at the Metropolitano Roberto Melendez Barranquilla Stadium in Colombia.
2015 and 2016 Copa America Champions Chile were beaten by the Paraguayans by two goals to one. Goals from Paulo Da Silva and Oscar Romero saw the Paraguayans sink the current Champions of South America.
The next South American fixtures coming up are…
6th of October:
- Uruguay versus Venezuala
- Paraguay versus Colombia
- Ecuador versus Chile
- Peru versus Argentina
- Brazil versus Bolivia
11th October 2016:
- Colombia versus Uruguay
- Venezuela versus Brazil
- Argentina versus Paraguay
- Chile versus Peru
- Bolivia versus Ecuador
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