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Uruguay 0-1 Argentina: Angel di Maria blasts Albicelestes into ONE World Cup spot victory

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Uruguay 0-1 Argentina: Angel di Maria blasts Albicelestes in ONE win to secure World Cup spot and extend unbeaten run to 26 games despite unconvincing performance, without Lionel Messi

  • Uruguay took on Argentina on Friday in Montevideo for a World Cup qualifier
  • The hosts had many more chances, but Argentina stretched to 26 unbeaten games
  • Angel di Maria curled a stunning winner into the top corner in just seven minutes
  • They are within a win of securing their spot at the 2022 World Cup
  • Lionel Messi only appeared in the last 14 minutes and barely made an impression











Angel di Maria stepped out with a magical moment to virtually secure Argentina’s place at the World Cup, replacing Lionel Messi as his country’s deadly savior.

Uruguay stubbornly attacked the visitors in Montevideo and created a lot of opportunities, but Luis Suarez and Co could not find a way out, so they battled with Colombia and Chile for the fourth and final qualifying spot.

Brazil’s qualifying is already on lockdown, with Tite’s squad leading the 10-team qualifying race, then facing bitter rivals Argentina.

Angel di Maria scored the winner as Argentina sank Uruguay in Friday’s World Cup qualifier

The winger curled a beautiful curling iron into the top corner after seven minutes in Montevideo

The winger curled a beautiful curling iron into the top corner after seven minutes in Montevideo

Uruguay's World Cup spot remains in balance as they fight for fourth and final place

Uruguay’s World Cup spot remains in balance as they fight for fourth and final place

Albicelestes boss Lionel Scaloni admitted: “Sometimes you just have to win and it worked. Certainly not playing well, but it still counts.”

Di Maria didn’t take much time to warm up on Friday and shot the winner in just seven minutes.

Joaquin Piquerez gained possession deep in his own half and Argentina struck, with Paulo Dybala Di Maria sliding into the penalty area. The PSG star turned and curled a left-footed screamer in a loop over Fernando Muslera into the top corner.

Luis Suárez came closest to Uruguay when he attacked Argentina in search of an equaliser. Atletico Madrid’s finisher hit the post and forced Emiliano Martinez to make an impressive save.

Lionel Messi has missed PSG's last two games and only played the last 14 minutes

Lionel Messi has missed PSG’s last two games and only played the last 14 minutes

Luis Suarez was once again the key man for Uruguay, but the attacker lacks quality support

Luis Suarez was once again the key man for Uruguay, but the attacker lacks quality support

Both Muslera and Martinez were busy in the second half, with the Argentinian stopping when he was startled as he fiddled with a shot before scrambling to prevent the ball from rolling over his goal line.

The introduction of Lionel Messi 14 minutes before the whistle made little impact as Argentina struggled to mount on offense, while the defense impressively fended off wave after wave of Uruguayan attacks.

Julian Alvarez could have saved a point in the late stages when he got a free header, but the River Plate star shot over and Uruguay had to mourn their lack of support for Luis Suarez on the attack.

Argentina are second in the qualifiers for ten teams, six points behind Brazil, eight ahead of Ecuador and twelve points from the dogfight in fourth place, which Uruguay will desperately rise to in their last five games.

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